Out of the blue, one of my saffron crocuses was in flower today, weeks before expected. In among the attractive lilac petals were the elusive deep red stigma: the raison d’être of growing the plant at all.
I picked the three or so strands below and will let them dry indoors in the warm.
Back in mid-august I planted about fifty of the crocus sativus bulbs. Most have yet to flower, but if each gives a few strands it’ll make a useful amount. Just a pinch adds an exotic honey-like hint to dishes savoury and sweet alike, as well as a fabulous orange or yellow colour. Best of all the plants are perennial, so will produce year after year.