Origin of the saffron crocus traced back to Greece

April 3, 2019 - General

The origin of C. sativus has long been the subject of speculation and research, as this knowledge would enable breeders to introduce genetic diversity into the otherwise genetically uniform plant species. Two new studies have now shown that the saffron crocus originated from a Greek ancestor.

Crocus cartwrightianus [Credit: Frank Blattner/IPK]Since ancient times, saffron has been giving dishes a golden-yellow hue and an aromatic…

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