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Daemon
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Saffron

Saffron is a plant native to Asia Minor, where for centuries it has been cultivated for its aromatic orange-yellow stigmas—one of the world's most expensive spices. When handpicked and dried, the stigmas yield saffron powder, the source of the principal yellow dye of the ancient world. The plant is still grown in limited quantities for the powder, which is used in medicines and perfumes and for flavoring. How many flowers must be harvested to produce one pound (0.45 kg) of dry saffron? More...
LucOneOff
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Roughly 150 flowers together yield but 1 g (0.035 oz) of dry saffron threads, then to have 0.45 Kg you should harvest around 67500 flowers.
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There has been a settlement on or near the site of Saffron Walden since before the Roman occupation of Britain when Bronze and Iron Age tribes settled in the area. After the Romans withdrew from the country, a flourishing Anglo-Saxon town was established.

After the Norman invasion of 1066, a stone church was built. Walden Castle was constructed in about 1116. A priory, Walden Abbey, was founded under the patronage of Geoffrey de Mandeville, first Earl of Essex around 1136.

In 1141 the market from nearby Newport was transferred to the town increasing its influence The town’s first charter was granted in 1300 when the town was known as Chipping Walden. The town was largely confined to the castle's outer bailey, but in the 13th century the Battle or Repel Ditches were built or extended, to enclose a new larger area to the south. The focus of the town moved southwards to Market Square.

In the medieval period the primary trade was in wool but in the 16th and 17th centuries the saffron crocus (crocus sativus) was widely grown. The flower was precious, as the saffron extract from the stigmas was used in medicines, as a condiment, in perfume, as an aphrodisiac, and as an expensive yellow dye. The industry gave its name to the town and Chipping Walden became Saffron Walden.

Momsey
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I have never tasted saffron. Is it really worth the price? Just wondering?
Robert Imgrat
Posted: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 9:43:08 AM

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I am still wondering how to use this spice with what meat to get best of it? What about lamb? Or chicken instead?
alanm9
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Momsey wrote:
I have never tasted saffron. Is it really worth the price? Just wondering?


I have bought pre-packaged saffron rice from a local grocery store and enjoy having it for a change.
Alexander Lo
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Life is complicated enough. Too me, this is a nice flower and same as the others.
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What nitwit would pay that price for something so worthless?
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