Saffron (Crocus sativus), Kozani
Saffron (from Arabic / Persian za'farān) is a crocus that loves fog and cooler locations. In autumn it blooms purple for three days; the flowers are then picked as early as possible in the day so that the delicate pistils are exposed to the sun as little as possible. The ideal time is when the flowers are not yet open.
Immediately afterwards only the three fine, red pistils are plucked out by hand. They are strongly aromatic, smell immense and have been traded as a valuable spice in ancient times, but also as a colorant.
Saffron must be kept away from light and moisture (preferably in tightly closing glass jars). Store cool but not in the fridge!
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GR, Kozani Central Greece