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18/03/2014 at 19:56


gardenning granny.

I spoke to fast and did not want to cause offence. but it is true.

King regards


18/03/2014 at 20:55

I only once ever bought saffron; added it to the meal I was cooking and to my palate it made no difference in flavour at all. I think it may be more expensive than gold.

18/03/2014 at 21:45


Its more expensive than cocaine, gold and diamonds, gram for gram.

I have to agree it does not have much flavor unless in bread? It is more or a colorant in food but don't we have a much cheaper option in Turmeric???? 


19/03/2014 at 10:12

no offence taken Edd - just saddens me to see that large basket of beautiful purple petals against the tiny dish of red strands

saffron jelly if very nice - it is basically an apple jelly flavoured and coloured with saffron

I think the Romans mainly wanted the colouring, and one of the usual source for yellow was onion skins, so not to good in a sweeter dish!

19/03/2014 at 11:26

Yes Edd and Turmeric is supposed to be very good for you

19/03/2014 at 15:51

well I've had absolutely nothing from them! Wanted to grow them for the saffron for myself but found that calendula is quite similar in taste and smell and much easier to grow!

I shall give them to my granny who lives further south and see what she can do with them

25/05/2014 at 08:39

I'm having the same problem I brought 30 saffron bulbs 3 years ago and the first year they flowered great, but in the last 2 years all iv had are plenty of foliage but no flowers, iv even put them in pots to see if that helps but to no avail, is there anyone that could help otherwise it seems such a waist, on bulbs and I don't want foliage I would like some flowers to.????

22/11/2015 at 16:08

Hi JO, If they were going to flower, yes, you would have expected them by now.

I've had a few tries and once I had a few flowers. They need a well drained hot spot to flourish in the UK

22/11/2015 at 17:11

You told them you hated them? you don't expect them to flower after that do you

22/11/2015 at 17:15

Turmeric is indeed said to be good for all sorts of things.  OH has a big jar of the powder in her kitchen and has tried it fresh too with success.  AND is growing some of the roots too!  Easier than the crocuses by the look of it, but not hardy.

22/11/2015 at 19:00

I've never heard the word crocus applied to those Jo.

So they're not crocus, so you needn't hate them

they still need the baking though and some are very shy-flowering.

They on my 'flower or hit the heap' list. I'm getting very stroppy in my old age.

I waddle a bit too

22/11/2015 at 22:02

But they're not even in the same family

Crocus, Iridaceae

Sternbergia, Amaryllidaceae

23/11/2015 at 07:15

I like the flavour of saffron in Middle Eastern dishes - there's nothing else like it. 

But you have to buy good quality saffron, and then soak it to extract the flavour.  It is a infrequent and expensive treat

23/11/2015 at 12:32

All part of the service, Jo

23/11/2015 at 12:42

Jo, that website is based in Australia - it looks as they have different 'common names' there - Pat could probably confirm

23/11/2015 at 17:55

Nutcutlet...........your mention of Gold Street rang a bell.  My OH's business used to be based on that street.........sad to say the gold never really rubbed off on us

We lived at Catmere End......just outside Saffron Walden.  Small world

23/11/2015 at 18:09

Small world indeed Philippa.  I know Catmere End. I know most of the villages in that area. I've lived in Great Chesterford and Rickling Green as well as Saffron Walden

Sorry the gold didn't rub off

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