Harvesting Golden Saffron in Spain

I’ve just plucked the stigmas from three dainty crocus flowers, and I only have 249,997 more to go before I harvest enough for a kilo of Spanish saffron. I’m learning the gentle art of “monda,“ removing the precious orange filaments from the purple crocus blossoms in Consuegra https://www.spain.info/en/destination/consuegra/ the heart of saffron country in La Mancha, Spain. LaMancha, after Iran and Turkey, is the world leader in saffron production. In this process, everything‘s fragile, from the crocus …

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Betsa Marsh’s Bio

Betsa Marsh, a Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Award winner, is a writer and photographer who’s reported from every continent. She’s cruised from Antarctica to the Arctic Circle, from Istanbul to Tahiti. Her heart is with small, historic ships of legend, but she revels in the well-brewed cup of tea and aromatherapy massage of a grand luxury ship, too. Betsa writes for print and online media across North America, as well as her own Globespinners.com website. She lives …

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