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    Saffron-Has-Always-Been-One-Of-The-Most-Expensive-85 Saffron-Has-Always-Been-One-Of-The-Most-Expensive-85 Document Transcript

    • Saffron has always been one of the most expensive spices and it is believed that humans have been using saffron from the time of the ancient Greeks. According to archaeological evidence, its been 3000 years, since we humans started cultivating saffron. Earlier, the wild variety of saffron called Crocus cartwrightianus was used for cultivation. It was during the late Bronze Age, that the current variety of saffron, called Saffron crocus was developed.satiereal saffron extract
    • What Exactly is Saffron We all know that saffron is a spice, which is derivedfrom the saffron plant The saffron plant, which is known as saffron crocus(Crocus sativus), belongs to the genus Crocus in the iris family Iridaceae Thespice called saffron, which is used for culinary purposes, is the style andstigma of the flowers of the saffron plant The style and stigma are portions ofthe female reproductive part of a flower A style is a stalk, that has an ovary inone end and the stigma on the other end
    • In case of the saffron crocus, each flower has three stigmas, which are red ororange in color These stigmas along with the styles are harvested and driedThis dried product is called saffron, which is used for various purposes,especially as a spice As a spice, saffron is mainly used as a coloring agent orfor seasoning It imparts a golden-yellow hue to satiereal saffron extract thedishes
    • Apart from that, saffron is also used as a dye and for medicinal purposes Thehigh price of saffron may be due to the fact that only three stamens areobtained from one saffron crocus flower and it needs around one kilogram offlowers to make one ounce of saffron Apart from that, a major part of saffronproduction is done manually Saffron Crocus Care Growing this plant isbeneficial in two ways It can be an inexpensive way to get saffron and apartfrom that, they are the first plants to bloom in fall and produce flowersthroughout the season
    • The lavender-colored flowers can be a beautiful addition to your flower garden These plants can be grown from bulbs or corms As most of the currentvarieties are hybrids, you may not get seeds of this plant But, purchase cormsfrom reputed sellers only Make sure that you are buying a saffron crocusvariety (like Crocus sativus cashmirianus) only and not autumn meadowcrocuses
    • The right time for planting these bulbs is late spring or early summer Youmay also plant the corms or bulbs during the onset of fall, but, it will sprout thefollowing spring only Prepare the soil with organic material like addingcompost, leaves or grass clippings to the soil Saffron crocus plants need fullsun and well-drained soil for a healthy growth The soil must not get soggy andthe plant must be protected from wind
    • Once you are ready with the location of planting, plant the corms in holes,which are at least four inches in depth Always remember to plant these cormswith their roots facing downwards Keep a distance of six inches between theholes If the location is likely to be frequented by rodents, it will be better tocover the area with a mesh enclosure, so that your corms are not eaten by theanimals During summer, the soil must be dry, as these plants becomedormant in this season
    • The leaves and flowers develop during fall and during this season, you haveto keep the soil moist (not soggy) through occasional watering The floweringperiod may last for one month and during this time, a single application ofliquid fertilizer is recommended Continue with occasional watering till theonset of spring, as the leaves start withering during this time During coldclimates, dig out the corms and store them in a cold, dark place
    • Plant these corms again during late spring or early summer This is only abrief overview about saffron crocus If you are interested in these plants, youmay grow them and enjoy the benefits
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