Welcome to September!! This week’s fun fact coming up :
Saffron comes from a crocus flower. It grows as the long red stamen of the autumn-flowering crocus sativus. Each flower has three saffron stamen.
Saffron is famous for being one of the world’s most expensive spices. This is because it is so difficult to harvest – the stamen are usually hand-picked from the flower head. The flowers must be harvested as soon as they bloom, as they begin to wilt very quickly. The harvesting process for a whole saffron farm is intense and laborious.
Saffron was first cultivated in Greece and is a common spice for flavour and colour in Mediterranean dishes, including Spanish paella. It’s surprisingly easy to grow in the UK as long as you have a sunny spot.
Enjoy your weekend.