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Saffron is easier to grow than you might think and it will look pretty in your garden every year.
Supplied as corms.Available from approximately October 2013.
Saffron is the most expensive spice in the world (sold by weight) - what better reason for growing your own?
It is thought that they were probably introduced here by the Romans.
The beautiful purple blue flowers of this Crocus appear in the late Summer (as opposed to our traditional Spring flowering Crocus). Whilst you can enjoy the flowers for their beauty, what you are really after are the tiny stigmas within; carefully pick these and dry in the late Summer Sun (make sure they don't blow away) before storing. These tiny strands will impart the most gorgeous, almost delicately astringent, flavour to all manner of dishes - and of course impart that golden yellow hue.
So why is Saffron so expensive? Well, it can only be harvested by hand - and you'll only get three strands from each of the flowers. A novelty crop perhaps - but well worth making space for.
Recommended by the RHS to be an excellent attractant and nectar source for bees and other beneficial insects.
As with all alternative medicines and plants with purported medicinal benefits it is important to inform your health care providers that you are using them; this helps to ensure safe and coordinated care. We can accept no liability for any side effect or contingency from any allergy or any other cause or harm that may arise. If in doubt please do consult a medical practitioner before using.
Pollinator Friendly Plants
A detailed guide to the seeds and plants Victoriana Nurseries sell that will attract and provide a food source to bees and other beneficial pollinating insects.