Wild About Saffron

It takes as much as 75,000 flowers, to produce one pound of saffron (enough to fill an entire soccer field).
Two related pieces of trivia for you avid readers:
1. A soccer field, the field on which the game of “association football” (soccer) is played, is sometimes referred to as a football pitch. While not all pitches are the same size, the size preferred for most professional teams is 105 x 68 meters which in the Imperial system converts to about 76,900 square feet or about 1.76 acres – that’s an awful lot of crocus flowers!
2. With apologies to Donovan (“I’m just mad about Saffron, Saffron’s mad about me. I’m just mad about Saffron, She’s just mad about me. They call me mellow yellow (Quite rightly)” the spice saffron is actually produced from the red stigmas of the violet crocus flower and each flower only produces three stigmas.