At roughly $95 an ounce you would think you could get rich growing Saffron. Probably not gonna happen. Saffron is the stigma from the flower of the Saffron Crocus. Each flower produces only three of the tiny filaments and each one has to be harvested by hand. It takes about an acre and several hundred thousand plants to produce one pound of spice. That’s only $1500 an acre. It’s not a winning agricultural strategy.
But we’re going to try growing our own anyway.
We ordered bulbs from the Dutch Grown catalog and they arrived a few days ago. The instructions said to plant them as soon as they arrived. Well, we couldn’t really decide on a spot in our tiny yard. They need rich soil that is well drained. Rich soil we got. Well drained? Well, that’s a rare commodity in the Pacific Northwest. What we did have was some lumber from some crappy shelves my husband had removed from the utility room recently.