When we lived in Kentucky, I planted saffron crocus and I used to love when they bloomed and I could snip out the little stigma and let them dry. I loved making saffron rice but I had another recipe that I made often and now I can’t remember what it was. I’m going to have do some searching . . it may have been in my Pirate’s Pantry cookbook.
I won’t buy saffron normally because it’s so expensive but it’s easy to grow. The bulbs multiply quickly. In fact, I divided my twice while we lived in Kentucky. I guess because we moved in December, I didn’t dig any of them up and bring them with me.
The other day I got an email from Baker Creek that they had them in stock so I ordered them. We’re in plant hardiness zone 6B and really on the northern edge of where it’s safe to plant them in the ground and leave them. Where we were in Kentucky was also 6B and they did fine but I do believe it gets colder here . . maybe that’s because of last winter and maybe that isn’t normal. It’s too late to plant them in the ground this year here and everything I read said “they don’t store well” so I planted them in pots and I’ll bring them into the garage on our coldest nights.
I’ll keep them in these pots til then. They may or may not bloom this year. Time will tell. I already know where I want to plant them . . just have to remember to do it.