Friday, January 14, 2011

Saffron & Indigo

I read that it takes over 75,000 flowers to make one pound of saffron! Imagine counting..73,000 74,000...?

Though saffron threads are red, they diffuse into a golden yellow. For hundreds of years, the spice has been used as a coloring agent for garments and food dishes alike. This is what it reminded me of for some reason? I just made that up..I really thought of Donovan's tune "They call me mellow yellow..quite right" , only I didn't quite like where I was heading when I started looking stuff up (lol)

Sweet and Bitter
Taste is a subjective sense and thus, what one person experiences may be different for the next. Yet the consensus for saffron is that it possesses a honey-like taste. Some would say an earthy one, similar to hay. It also has a hint of bitterness, which if overused, could overwhelm a recipe.  

No..of course this is not's the blossoms from our Triangle Palm- Ha ha, who says it has to be..just reminds me..

Was yellow everywhere
Felt like Spring
Was in the air
But ya, It's still Winter
We all know~

 God's word to me is really kind of sweet when it goes down, but winds-up slightly bitter afterwords? Why do you think that might be? I would even call it sweet and sour.. (lol)
"Then the voice that I had heard from heaven spoke to me once more: “Go, take the scroll that lies open in the hand of the angel who is standing on the sea and on the land.”
So I went to the angel and asked him to give me the little scroll. He said to me, “Take it and eat it. It will turn your stomach sour, but in your mouth it will be as sweet as honey.” I took the little scroll from the angel’s hand and ate it. It tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth, but when I had eaten it, my stomach turned sour"


Ginny said...

I believe it was sour because it was the upcoming judgement to be pronounced on unbelievers. Is God's word bitter to you now? Are you having a rough time? This post is wonderful! The blue flower, awesome, you must live in Paradise. And I love your short saffron and indigo poem in the middle, so pretty and hopeful, then brings one down to earth. A triangle palm? Why is it called that? I enlarged one picture to see both the bee and the lizard. The palm and the lizard, it looks like the lizard is walking through precious gems and jewels, wonderful images all through this post, and lovely words, too.

Kilauea Poetry said...

Thanks..I guess I was thinking of how when you first take everything is sweeter..but it gets harder as you part with something that begins to feel foreign- yet, it winds like the (pearl of great price)-being so much better! I was trying to make a play on words but it wound up coming off wrong, so I deleted that part. The palm is a trip..I hadn't realized it blossomed like that but I know others do-

Regina said...

Its a beautiful info. Is saffron blue also?
Yes God's words are sweet to us but bitter to the unbelieving world.
Wonderful post my friend.
PS. The self portrait in a way is true. I'm down (some trials) but not out.
Enjoy a great weekend!

Joyful said...

I've never used saffron myself but have always been fascinated by the facts surrounding it (expense, etc.). I enjoyed your beautiful photos as always.

rainfield61 said...

Saffron is something new to me, and many more are new to me, once I continue reading.

Something goes up, it will come down. Same as sweet and bitter.

I never find a lizard on my trekking trail yet.

Arti said...

Yes, so true about saffron... It is produced in Kashmir and is of a very good quality... We use it in puddings known as kheer... Or in sweets!!
Wonderful pics... Even though they are not saffron!!

Sandra said...

we are dreading the month of march when locally the yellow pollen is every where and we suffer allergyies
Like that palm, but the sweetie peaking out of it is my favorite. that first shot is my favorite today

teca said...

I've already made rice with saffron . It just colored rice by yellow, but some didn't taste so strong...
The flowers are beautiful! Are they Iris?

Have a nice weekend, dear.
It's still raining here ... : (

Many kisses.
With love.

Flat Creek Farm said...

As always, just beautiful ~ both photography and verse. Thank you so much for brightening my snow-covered, chilly day, friend! :) Have a beautiful day! -Tammy

Leenie said...

Saffron and Indigo, Sweet and Sour--
Exotic and Common--and wonderful photos as always.

I think I've mentioned the book "Colour a Natural History of the Palette" by Victoria Findlay before. The book is a wonderful trip around the world to discover the sources and history of such things as saffron and indigo.

So do you have a pet gecko to model in your photos or are they just everywhere and available to pose?

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Your blogs is fabulous! I have added it to my blog list and I will visit it regularly. Thanks you for your visit and kindness. Hugs.

Kilauea Poetry said...

Just want to say thanks to all of you..(this isn't in order)..
Glad to see you back Regina..and Tammy- I enjoyed your visit!
Rainfields..may you meet one of them on your trail some day!
Sandra..we of course share such similar climate..take a tablespoon of honey dear (ha ha)
Teca..yes they are iris..that dish sounds wonderful-
Leenie..they are everywhere (lol)
Greetings Arti- I'm glad you stopped by to share that! ..
Phivos Nicolaides- thank you for your warm comments here- likewise- I enjoyed visiting your blog as well!

Amin said...

Hello! How are You?!
I was very busy,,,
I have written in all old posts which I missed...

Amin said...

Very interesting info...

Amin said...

Beautiful photos...

eileeninmd said...

As usual your words and photos are just lovely. I always enjoy seeing the critters, so the lizard is a favorite of mine. The flower is it an orchid? It is gorgeous. Have a great week!

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