I’m going to be rich!
While out and about at a few garden centers this past week, I found corms for Autumn Flowering Crocus, Crocus sativas.
Crocus sativas is none other than the source for saffron, the world’s most expense seasoning.
I bought a package of 15 corms to plant this fall which should be in bloom next fall and then I can begin the harvest and call my bank to get ready for my big deposit.
The saffron is actually the stigmas of the flowers. Each flower has three stigmas so I should be able to harvest 45 stigmas, assuming one bloom per corm. This means my first year’s yield will be approximately .003 ounces, since there are about 13,125 stigmas in an ounce. At $50 per ounce, my first year’s income will be…
Fifteen cents. One dime, one nickel.
Maybe I won’t call my bank just yet. The corms cost me $6.99, so I have a while to go before I make an actual profit. But according to the instructions on the package, these flower year after year and naturalize, so in no time at all…
I’m at least going to have a nice patch of fall crocuses to enjoy each year, which may in the end be of greater value than the stigmas they produce.
"Flowers... are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1844