our neighbor lauren has been growing saffron for over 10 years. there is this patch of purple blooms that pop up out of nowhwere....right about now. last week I visited with her as she meticulously harvested each frond. saffron is harvested from the crocus plant. each flower produces about 3-4 fronds of saffron which shows you why this is the most valuable spice! thanks lauren for letting me chat saffron with you!