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Saffron Story

In antiquity, crocus was said to be the name of a beautiful youth. Two different myths connected his fate with the aromatic plant from which we obtain saffron. According to one, the god Hermes loved him, but killed him by mistake and where the body's blood ran into the earth, the first crocus flower sprang up.

The other story related that Crocus and a nymph, Smilax, were so in love that they never separate. Yet the gods, tired of watching their courtship, ended it by changing Smilax into a yew-bush, and crocus into a saffron crocus.