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October 06, 2011
As English writer Norman Douglas said, "A man who is stingy with saffron is capable of seducing his own grandmother."
I'm not sure what it means, but I think it's important.
According to Greek mythology, handsome Spartan and mere mortal Krocos fell in love with the beautiful nymph Smilax.
But alas, his favors were rumored (but never confirmed) to be rebuffed and he was turned into a beautiful purple crocus flower.
Technical name Crocus Sativus.
The end result is saffron.
Each violet blue bud produces three fragile red stamens — those red-gold heads gently gathered by hand in the fall.
Saffron derives from the Arab word zafaran, meaning yellow, and goes back to Biblical days.
It became highly prized as a medicine and by pharaohs and kings as an aphrodisiac.
No doubt why it was sprinkled on the beds of newlyweds.
Romans burned saffron as a sacrifice to the gods.
You probably won't want to do that since it is expensive, (there are other things you might sacrifice) but even that is a bit unfair, since only a pinch will do.
(Sorry Norman; a large pinch.)
You'll spice up your next dinner party and make a Saffron Risotto Milanese to go with your Osso Buco and regale your guests with stories of this exquisite flower.
I'd like to think Krocos had at least a brief fling with Smilax, wouldn't you?