Well, it depends on the type. The easiest way to grow Saffron is to cut the flowering stalk and put the stem in a sealed container or jar so it grows without pollination. Just keep the stem as long as possible so it will be able to dry out and bloom. Don’t transplant the leaves yet – just let it dry out for a couple of months (the longer the better). The stem needs to be grown in a fairly small space and you’ll have to be able to keep a few plants on hand for when the blooms come. Keep the plant in a dark place so it can breathe.
Should I wait to buy Saffron or let it wait in stores?
Saffron is extremely valuable and it will take weeks to get it on sale so be patient. In the meantime, you’ll be hard pressed to find one. If you do decide to start getting Saffron, just get it before it dries out, which usually happens in a week or so. Also, you don’t want to wait too long as it will spoil by then.
How much is a pound of Saffron worth?
Saffron is a fragrant, very rich, aromatic shrub and if it’s available at a good price it is worth every penny. Although it is a relatively small shrub, the leaves are extremely fragrant and the fragrance is very strong. Saffron is prized all over Asia for its perfume, so this shrub is extremely expensive. In the West, Saffron is often used in cooking, with a great deal of the fragrance coming from the flower leaves.
Can I eat Saffron?
Saffron is a very delicate and expensive plant with only a very small amount of nutrients in the leaves. The only way to use Saffron is to make it yourself and to make sure you can find the seeds. Once you’ve got seeds, it’s all about harvesting them. It is very difficult to eat the leaves without burning your tongue.
Where can I find a store and how do they sell Saffron?
Saffron shops generally sell it only at garden centers and home centers. Most store branches sell it at a very high price – sometimes several thousand dollars for a pound. If you have any questions about buying seeds or buying Saffron, you should ask someone knowledgeable about the plant or ask around at your local library.
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