When Fiona mentioned that she was planting saffron bulbs a couple of months ago, I was pretty skeptical. I have never seen a fresh saffron flower in person and have never heard of anyone trying to grow them in California. Not surprisingly Fiona was right. Today I saw the first few purple blossoms opening from between long chive-like stems, each cradling three vibrant orange stigmas. Now comes the real challenge……picking them!
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