Saffron (Crocus Sativus), also called “Red Gold” for its special organoleptic properties, is a noble spice famous worldwide.
Everything starts from the mother bulb and after a vegetative activity of a year, it reproduces and multiplies in two or more bulbs.
In July it is necessary to dig the bulbs. The SP100 potato digger with side discharge can greatly help this phase with its two vibrating sieves that separate the bulbs from the ground.
Then, the new bulbs are separated from the old ones. It is very important to carry out a good selection and cleaning. The best bulbs are planted again in August on well-prepared, clean and soft soil.
The F300L tuber planter is without a doubt a good choice for transplanting saffron. On the market for close fifty years, it is appreciated for its easy usage and high precision work. The F300L is also used to plant potatoes, garlic and onion.
Getting back to saffron, the plant that grows from the bulb is about 12-15 cm high, the leaves are long and threadlike. Each bulb generates three or four shoots. The blooming flowers are lilac and collected between October and November, early in the morning when they are still closed (and so easier to take) also avoiding the bother of insects looking for pollen. Inside a flower we find the three red stigmas that are separated from the three yellow stamens. This operation requires great manual skills and once finished you progress with the most delicate process of the whole production: the drying of the red stigmas.
Finally, the packaging and the selling.