When she’s in need of a brain boost, Becerra drinks a small glass of what she calls “savory water”—saffron threads soaked overnight in water. . . Becerra likes the kind grown in Israel or California, especially from the farm Peace and Plenty.
In January, Price and her husband Simon Avery began selling their first big harvest of the organic saffron they first planted in 2017 at their Peace and Plenty Farm in Kelseyville (Lake County). A Mediterranean specialty, saffron is one of the world’s most expensive spices because each brick-red thread must be picked from a single purple flower. The couple harvested 58,000 flowers by hand, carefully removed the threads and then dried and cured them.