Monday, October 20, 2014

Saffron Crocus (Crocus sativus): Grow Your Own Spice Cabinet

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Saffron Crocus (Crocus sativus) is the source of saffron that makes Indian curry and Spanish paella so special. You understand why this spice is so expensive when you see how tiny the red-orange stigma (female organs) of the flower are and that it takes dozens of these little threads to make enough to be used for one dish.

This bulb is reliably hardy here in the Mid-Atlantic region (USDA Zone 6-8) and just needs good, well-draining soil and a full sun location. It is best to plant them in a bed that is not irrigated so they do not rot over the summer when they are dormant.

Whether your bring them home from a local garden center or buy them via mial-order, the corms (bulbs) should be planted immediately upon arrival. As you can see in the photo above, the bulbs I received from DutchGrown.com were already sprouting and ready to go.

This crocus blooms in the fall season and they are often lumped in with the autumn-blooming colchicums. However, colchicums are in the lily family and saffron crocus is related it iris, along with freesia and crocosmia.

Even though the emphasis is on their culinary use, I think these bulbs hold their own just for their ornamental value. The blooms are a translucent purple with darker veining and a deep-purple center that make them a striking addition to any garden.


Colchicums are members of the lily family whereas crocus belong to the iris group - See more at: http://www.dutchgrown.com/crocus-saffron.html#sthash.gcmHm7td.dpuf
Colchicums are members of the lily family whereas crocus belong to the iris group - See more at: http://www.dutchgrown.com/crocus-saffron.html#sthash.gcmHm7td.dpuf



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