saffron crocus


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Noun1.saffron crocus - Old World crocus having purple or white flowers with aromatic pungent orange stigmas used in flavoring foodsaffron crocus - Old World crocus having purple or white flowers with aromatic pungent orange stigmas used in flavoring food
saffron - dried pungent stigmas of the Old World saffron crocus
crocus - any of numerous low-growing plants of the genus Crocus having slender grasslike leaves and white or yellow or purple flowers; native chiefly to the Mediterranean region but widely cultivated
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Saffron is world's most expensive spice which is derived from stigmas of saffron crocus.
Like all crocuses, the saffron crocus forms a hair-covered corm, similar to a bulb, a little bigger than a quarter.
Growing the saffron crocus is a hugely labour-intensive process which goes some way to explaining the flavouring's eye-watering price.
In Vermont, peak harvest time for saffron crocus runs from late October through mid-November.
Saffron is extracted from the dry stamens of the saffron crocus flower which is grown exclusively in this region of Spain.
Each flower contains three stigmas, which is the only part of the saffron crocus when dried (cured) properly, becomes commercial saffron.
Saponins from the Spanish saffron Crocus sativus are efficient adjuvants for protein-based vaccines.
Around 300 tons of saffron, which is a spice derived from the flower of the saffron crocus, are produced worldwide each year, with Iran, Spain, India, Greece, Azerbaijan, Morocco and Italy accounting for the largest shares.
The purple saffron crocus flowers bloom for just three weeks each year, and each flower produces just three of the treasured gossamer strands, called stigmas.