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Saffron

Definition: Saffron

Saffron
A spice often used in Mediterranean and Moroccan cooking that is the dried point of pollination of the purple crocus (a flower similar to the iris). Each flower only provides three strands of saffron that must be carefully and painstakingly hand picked and dried, making it the most expensive spice in the world. For one ounce of saffron, 14,000 tiny strands must be harvested. Saffron adds a deep yellow color to dishes and was at one time a dye used to color cloth. A little goes a long way with most recipes calling for a small pinch of saffron threads to add a pleasant spicy smell and aromatic flavor.

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JuliusCaesar JuliusCaesar 10 years
I'm asian so I use it A LOT when I'm cooking my traditional foods but I never knew it was that expensive. I'll be more careful next time!
CestLaVie CestLaVie 10 years
My Persian friend Ramin adds this to dishes when I go over- chicken and basmati rice- and mentioned that is is pricey and coveted. His dishes are always tasty so I don't know if it is this spice in particular that makes them so yummy but they are good!
vapidintuition vapidintuition 10 years
A friend of mine sent me a huge tube of the stuff, and I've never used it before! This just reminds me that I need to come up with something.. I wonder if it would work with anything sweet....
rb24 rb24 10 years
I love saffron. I use it on brown rice when i cook it with chicken stock. Makes the best rice.
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