We recently received a report on the quality of our saffron harvest. The final weight was 10.4 grams. I was told that anything between 8 and 12 grams is terrific for a first-time harvest, so we were right in there. Smugness ensued.
Here's a bit more from the report:
"For a first up harvest you did extremely well, with both the look and feel of the saffron being extremely close to perfect ... Brilliant first up presentation."
What marked the difference between "extremely close" to perfection and the real deal was the need for seven minutes' extra drying time. We were sent back a sample of our own saffron together with a sample of some stuff that was faultless, so we've got a comparison for next year's harvest -- if the samples manage to languish that long in our pantry (doubtful).
Accompanying the report was a cheque. As in, payment. As in, income. As in, something to put in our bank account. So yay saffron! Viva you! You're the star ingredient in my new favourite dessert AND you bring us money. Brilliant.
Posted by Farmer Nik
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Scottish mechanical engineer with a deep and abiding passion for good food. Outstanding cook. Builder of lots of stuff. Cattle whisperer. Connoisseur of beer. A lover rather than a fighter.
Kiwi writer and broadcaster who hates cabbage, even though she knows it's good for her. Chook wrangler. Grower of food and flowers. Maker of fine preserves. Lover of dancing and wine. Definitely a fighter.