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I spoke to fast and did not want to cause offence. but it is true.
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.
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????
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!
Yes Edd and Turmeric is supposed to be very good for you
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
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.????
Found this old post (well - not so old really) ........... should I have expected flowers by now? Didn't envisage a problem tbh ......... but then I did say ages ago that I hted crocus ..........
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
They're tubbed in JI no2 and grit 50/50 and south facing .......... can I just say again - I hate crocus ........
You told them you hated them? you don't expect them to flower after that do you
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.
Just realised these are Sternbergia lutea ....... the yellow autumn crocus ...... not C. sativus ............. p'rhaps I'll let them have a warm North Wales summer before despatching them to the great bulb field in the sky ...........
They knew before I planted them that I hated them nut - so were under no illusions ..
Oh btw Steve ........ I've been singing 'Waddle I do....' since 8 pm on Friday evening .......... Thank you
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
But they're not even in the same family
I know - I just go by wot I read ......... and it wasn't in the Daily Snail
They do look a little bit crocusy flower-wise tho' ........... I agree the leaves don't - that's what made me think again..............
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
All part of the service, Jo
Jo, that website is based in Australia http://www.tesselaar.net.au/contact - it looks as they have different 'common names' there - Pat could probably confirm