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Excursion: Saffron harvest in Mund, Valais


Saffron crocus. Crocus sativus. The crimson stigmas dry to form saffron threads, the most expensive spice in the world. Native to West Asia. Wiki article here.

One of the many unexpected things I've learned about Switzerland is that saffron is grown in the canton of Valais/Wallis, in the little town of Mund, elevation 1200 meters above sea-level. More tomorrow.

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6 comments:

Hope said...

A very interesting post...and the photo is beautiful...I love the purple!

Tanya said...

Amazing! I've never seen saffron grown, what a beautiful flower!

USelaine said...

I wonder if I could grow them here. We have other kinds of crocus, but not these. My grandfather was from Cornwall, England, and at Christmas time made their traditional saffron buns, with the dough tinted yellow with saffron.

babooshka said...

Gorgoeus colours.

claude said...

A few days ago I watched a report on the TV about the saffron harvest. Very interesting.
I told my husband that the saffron flower looks like a crocus a little bit.

Moi said...

back in india, it grows in Kashmir valley .......and yes it's terribly expensive......my mom would add some to the rice pudding and the special fragrant pilaf that she'd make for us for our birthdays and festivals....

isn't that a gorgeous color for the flower!!! :)