Saffron is an expensive spice when purchased at the store (I think I paid $14 for a normally-sized spice jar of it when I last purchased it), but it's easy and inexpensive to grow in the garden. Saffron crocus is not the same as the ordinary crocus grown in flower beds. The ornamental crocus blooms in the late winter, and saffron blooms in October, and the flower of the saffron crocus is prettier, I think (picture below).
|Beautiful saffron flower|
|Harvested saffron ready to dry|