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Saffron is the stigma of the fall flowering crocus. Peek inside most any flower, and you will see three threadlike filaments. These are stigma - but only in the saffron crocus are these stigma worth thousands of dollars per pound. Saffron is so valuable because it is a very labor intensive crop, and only 5-7 pounds of saffron can be produced from each acre of land. This makes saffron the most expensive spice by weight - it always has been  but by use saffron isn't that expensive, because a little goes a long way. 

Saffron contains 450-500 saffron stigmas to the gram. The stigma are also called threads, strings, pieces or strands. 1 gram equals 2 tsp. whole, 1 teaspoon crumbled or 1/2 teaspoon powdered. Avoid pre-powdered saffron because it loses flavor quickly and is usually cut with turmeric or something else.

Name   Origin Type of Plant General Uses Use in or with Market Form



Type of crocus bulb 

Flavor, color, Henry VIII so fond of it in his food he, forbade its use by court ladies to dye their hair 

Breads, rice, fish, soups

Dried threads, powdered by the milligram

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