Super fresh saffron
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March 31, 2012 â€” The colorful spice saffron costs a fortune, but it ‘grows’ on a flower. Mike McGrath discusses the unusual fall-blooming crocus that produces saffron. Plus your fabulous phone calls.
We live at the border of Lancaster and Chester counties in Pennsylvania Dutch country. I am from Sweden and love to cook with saffron around the holidays. A sweet saffron bread formed into traditional shapes is a big part of our Lucia and Christmas tradition. (Although I love this spice in any dish.) I currently get my saffron from a local farmer’s market, but we have early spring crocuses that grow like weeds in sunny spots on our lawn; fragile white and purple flowers with fragrant dark yellow pistils. Because the pistils arenâ€™t red, I don’t think theyâ€™re the actual saffron crocus, which I believe grows in the fall, but they smell like saffron and Iâ€™m wondering if I could use them for spice. They smell like they would add taste to any meal. Are these Spring blooming plants the â€˜Pennsylvania Dutch Saffron?â€™ Iâ€™ve heard about? Or could they be poisonous? Get the answer Â»