A Carpet of Saffron in Husum

Husum is a little town at the North Sea, not too far away from the Danish border. Every year the city organizes the Crocus Blossom Festival in March. An explosion of purple saffron flowers!

It is years I want to go and see this spectacular moment, not necessarily the festival itself, though. So last weekend three friends and I took off to see this beautiful moment. The blossom would be in the castle grounds.

We are in the middle of the Corona-virus-craziness but still we can go out, though all festivals are cancelled. So the four of us decided to drive to the other side of Schleswig-Holstein, to the rougher North Sea, and have a look what it is all about.

Husum itself is a little town with a nice port. And a castle! In the castle park there we found the violet or purple blossom of millions of crocus. They form a carpet, here and there some white crocus or even daffodils breaking the unique color.

We walked through the beauty, taking pictures at all angles, near, far, lying on the ground, from the top, single, the whole beauty. Many people were walking here, enjoying the amazing moment of the bloom.

While I walked and shot one photo after the other (just to sit at home for hours to decide which one to display on the blog) I thought: crocus is the flower where the saffron comes from. The stigmas are the ones picked and dried and then sold as spice. Half a kilo/one pound of saffron spice means 70.000 crocus flowers and 200.000 stigmas! Handpicked! That is the reason why it is so expensive.

Well, but we enjoyed just the beauty of the flowering. Later we went to the port and had a perfect fish dish for a late lunch. In the restaurant we found a beautiful wall painting of Husum.

Enjoy the photos!

Husum, Schleswig-Holstein/Germany:

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A little bit more about Husum (in German)

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