[Sca-cooks] saffron, continued (poison vs editable)

Siren Song sirensong13 at yahoo.com
Fri Mar 9 11:36:43 PST 2007

I was recently told that there are some of the same named bulbs that are poisonous that I have to make sure to get the editable 
ones when I go to plant them. Just thought I would pass that FYI along :) 


"Pixel, Goddess and Queen" <pixel at hundred-acre-wood.com> wrote: 
On Thu, 8 Mar 2007, Jadwiga Zajaczkowa / Jenne Heise wrote:

>> The the spice the whole or just the pollen of the top of the thread?
> The whole thread-- that is the stamen-- is the spice. But as you can
> imagine that means one bulb, one thread.
> I believe that the bulbs can be overwintered in some places but not
> others, though generally one plants them in the spring (unlike other
> bulbs). You probably get better results with removing and replanting
> though.
Actually the saffron thread is the stigma rather than the stamen--the 
stamen is what holds the pollen. And there are three stigmas (and thus 
threads) per flower.

Lovely picture of the flowers: http://www.gourmetsleuth.com/saffron.htm

If our local garden center has bulbs again this year I may have to try 
growing them, just to see if it will work in the MN climate.


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