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Our smallholding is situated in the Sandlings area, near the beautiful village of Orford in Suffolk.
Originally from a back ground as a Conservation Manager and owner of a Conservation and Wildlife gardening company, we are growing our Saffron with as little impact to the surrounding countryside as possible. Which means no chemicals are used and the areas that is not put down to saffron will be left to wildflowers.
Saffron is a spice that comes from the flower of Crocus Sativus. The vivid crimson stigma and styles, called threads, are collected and dried for use.
Though it is believed that Saffron originally came from Iran, England also has history ties to this spice.
'Saffron was grown around Saffron Walden for many centuries, and it was said that the soil from the area gave the saffron a distinctive flavour. William Harrison (1534 – 1593) said of the Saffron Walden saffron: “As the saffron of England…is the most excellent of all other…[the saffron] that growth about Saffron Walden in the edge of Essex surmounteth all the rest, and therefore beareth worthily the higher price”.' (Saffron Walden museum)
Apart from the culinary uses of saffron, this spice is thought to have many health benefits too. Saffron includes Carotenoides, Safranal, Crocin and antioxidants. The antioxidants are thought to help combat stress, depression and infection.