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Penny Outskirts



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 06 4:31 pm    Post subject: Saffron Bulk Buy  Reply with quote    

Thinking of doing a bulk buy for Saffon Bulbs, so just wanted to get a feel for how many people would be interested.

Buying in bulk makes them very much cheaper, and I'm happy to do the distribution.

If enough people are interested, we will need to make absolutely sure with the suppliers first that they are the edible type of bulbs, and arrange payment/distribution methods etc. but it could be an economic way of getting our mitts on the lovely stuff

Just interested in initial interest for now - details of numbers of bulbs and final costs later if that's OK. (but as an example, if we can buy 100, they cost 18p each - but have to add a share of their p&p to this, then p&p to get them to you) Could save us all a few quid.

Penny

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 06 4:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Definately, probably a tenners worth for me

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 06 4:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Blimey Sally - you going into mass production?????? Actually with the price of saffron as it is in the shops..................

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 06 4:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Well, I bulk buy culinary saffron (spanish) as it is, but I thought pots of saffron bulbs (with netting against the meeces!) might make nice gifts for people. You have no idea how many ounces of saffron I get through a year, what with using it in the perfume and medicinal research and in medieval cooking, it doesnt last long round here.

cab



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 06 4:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Yes, I'm up for that... But before deciding how many, whats the yield per plant?

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 06 4:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Its about three wisps a year, unless each bulb gives more than one flower?

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 06 4:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Should just note, you're not going to get rich growing saffron unless you have fields of the stuff and minions to collect and process it. But it is a lovely thing to grow - and as Sally says could be a very pretty present.

I'll look up the little booklet that came with ours later this evening if it helps. Since it was written by this Welsh woman it's probably especially relevant.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 06 4:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

70 000 plants should give you 1lb avoirdupois, or to put it another way, .5 ha gives 4.5kg.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 06 4:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Hasnt Tahir got acres of land to plant- and daughters to act as minions?

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 06 4:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Arse...I would normally be interested, but I've got about a carrier sized bag full of it in the cupboard...that I'd forgotten about until right now

Guess we'll be having something saffrony for tea tonight Any nice recipes you can recommend, sally_in_wales?

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 06 4:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

sean wrote:
70 000 plants should give you 1lb avoirdupois, or to put it another way, .5 ha gives 4.5kg.


At trade prices thats just about 3000 (working on about 70p a gram trade price of prepared saffron)

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 06 4:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

sally_in_wales wrote:
Hasnt Tahir got acres of land to plant- and daughters to act as minions?


I've always been an avid supporter of child labour

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 06 4:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Fee wrote:
Arse...I would normally be interested, but I've got about a carrier sized bag full of it in the cupboard...that I'd forgotten about until right now

Guess we'll be having something saffrony for tea tonight Any nice recipes you can recommend, sally_in_wales?


Saffron or Safflower? If it came in a carrier bag its almost certainly safflower even if the lable said saffron

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 06 4:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Okay... So a few strands here and there, and the plant looks pretty and interesting, at that price (18p each plus postage, bargain!) I'd go for thirty.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 06 5:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Yes, I'd be interested.

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