A TIME FOR CROCUS
Crocus blooming everywhere.
A happy sign of Spring.
Also a source of spice,
from the delicate stigmas within.
The world's most costly spice
comes from the red stigma
of saffron crocus.
Although the stigma from all crocus
is a source of this delicate flavoring,
it is the variety grown in Iran
that accounts for most culinary saffron.
1-pound of dry saffron
takes the harvest of 70,000 crocus flowers.