Spring on the Way! - emsherbals

Spring on the Way!

March 18, 2024

Spring on the Way!

We're loving a burst of sunshine and warmer temperatures up in our corner of the world! The days are longer, and the early flowers are showing up in all their glory, the lovely wild Crocus among them.

The stigmas and styles of a fall-blooming Crocus, C. sativus, are the source of the wonderful culinary and medicinal spice Saffron, commercially cultivated in the Mediterranean area and West and Southwest Asia, with most production taking place in Iran.

As it turns out, Saffron can be grown in the Pacific Northwest as well, although the US Saffron crop is mainly from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Keep in mind that more than 4,300 Crocus flowers are required in order to produce a single ounce of Saffron!