Saffron, the Yellow-Orange Spice

Saffron is one of the world’s most expensive spices.

An old botanical illustration of the saffron crocus. On the left side of the drawing are the reddish stamens which are hand-gathered to produce the spice saffron. Botanical Illustration of the saffron crocus

Oil, mustard seeds, tumeric and threads of saffron for a Middle Eastern-style roasted cauliflower side dishWorld Spices: Mustard Seed & SaffronSaffron imbues any food dish with a distinctive yellow colour and a subtle acrid flavour. This paella with saffron rice was served in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Paella in Santiago de CompostelaSaffron ice cream at the Hillside Winery in Naramata, Canada. Saffron ice cream at the Hillside Winery in Naramata, BC, Canada.If saffron is too expensive then Spigol is an inexpensive saffron substitute. Spigol, a less expensive saffron substituteIn times past, when labour was cheap, saffron was used for dyeing fabric, often resulting in a rich orange colour as opposed to the bright yellow colour it imparts to food. These silk threads are dyed with saffron… 
silk threads dyed with saffronA ‘saffron’ robe hung to dry in the monk’s quarters of a Buddhist temple in Luang Prabang, Laos.monk's quarters in LaosNowadays the Buddhist robes are dyed with tumeric, a substantially cheaper spice with the same saffron colour. I know from personal experience that it stains like crazy so its ability to dye fabric is undeniable.Tumeric for sale in the market at Inle Lake, MyanmarMore on Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Colours that Start with S.

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