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PostPosted: Mon Jul 05, 2010 5:48 pm    Post subject: Saffron crocus Reply with quote

Hi
Just wondered if anyone ever planted these and used the saffron on them? I love giving things a go but don't want to poison anyone.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 2010 1:01 pm    Post subject: Saffron crocuses Reply with quote

Hi Ruthie
Have order 65 saffron crocuses for august, will be sharing with family, will post progress when available
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 2010 9:39 pm    Post subject: saffron crocus Reply with quote

Hi Cuemaster and Ruthie,
Have also ordered 50 saffron crocuses from Holland for planting out in September and flowering the following October. Will let you know how they do later.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 10, 2010 9:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just ordered some so hopefully they'll work
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 10, 2010 3:43 pm    Post subject: Hi Ruthie Reply with quote

"Don't confuse another plant with the Crocus sativus (saffron crocus). Saffron is only taken from this particular flower, and the Colchicum autumnale (meadow saffron), which is sometimes mistaken for it, is poisonous. "

Anything that I have read about the use of saffron sativus suggests that it has great health and medicinal value.


Amounts used in common recipes
Dishes Servings Saffron

Paella>. serving 6 - 8 > 1/2 tsp threads
Bouillabaisse serving> 6 - 8> 1/4 tsp threads
Risotto Milanese serving> 4 - 6 > 1/4 tsp threads
Saffron Cakes > 18 muffin sized cakes > 1/4 tsp threads


"How To Use
The most important rule is "don't use too much". A very little bit of saffron goes a long way and if overused becomes overpowering and leaves a "medicinal" flavor.

There are several ways to prepare saffron for use. Consult your recipe for specific recommendations. Basic methods include:

Soak Threads - The threads are soaked in liquid which can be broth, water, wine then the infusion is added to the dish.

Method: crush threads with your fingers or use a tiny mortar and pestle. Add the saffron to the liquid and soak for 5 - 20 minutes. Add the "tea" to your recipe.

Toast Threads - Many traditional paella recipes recommend toasting the saffron before use.

Method: Carefully toast threads in a medium-hot heavy skillet (cast iron is good) do not allow to burn. Then grind threads into a powder and use as directed in the recipe.

Crumble and Use - Sometimes recipes that use a lot of liquid like soups, or salad dressings just say to crumble the threads and add directly to the dish. Soaking, even for a few minutes works better, provides better distribution of color and a more robust flavor."

Fancy some Kashmir tea? Check out the recipe here:

http://www.khanapakana.com/drink-recipes/kashmiri-tea.html



Taken from this web page (entitled Gourmet Sleuth )on saffron>

http://www.gourmetsleuth.com/Articles/Exotic-Herbs-Spices-and-Salts-639/saffron.aspx

And now to get my hands on some, come September and pray to God that it survives the wet Irish summer. It won't mind getting wet at all in the Autumn.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 10, 2010 4:01 pm    Post subject: saffron crocuses Reply with quote

I am buying them from Suttons advertised as saffron crocuses so I don't think there will be a porblem, will let you know if there is
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 10, 2010 4:48 pm    Post subject: saffron crocus Reply with quote

Those ones are great value, definately gonna check out their range in future.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 17, 2010 12:12 pm    Post subject: Re: Saffron crocus Reply with quote

Ruthie wrote:
Hi
Just wondered if anyone ever planted these and used the saffron on them? I love giving things a go but don't want to poison anyone.


Found out the following for dangers on saffron use :


"Saffron Poisoning
It's vital to note that if used excessively, saffron can be detrimental. It may cause miscarriage if consumed by pregnant women. Those who are on blood thinning medication or women who have heavy menstrual cycles should not take saffron since it breaks up blood clots. Symptoms of saffron poisoning include vomiting, diarrhoea and dizziness."


On a good note it is also being used to treat cancer, having similar benefits to chemotherapy.
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