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What Is Saffron? Your Guide To This Unique Spice

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Today, its subtle, fragrant flavour can transform a dish, while its pigments, rich enough to dye textiles, add a rich golden yellow to everything from Italian risottos to Indian curries.

But exquisiteness doesn’t come cheap: Saffron is and has always been one of the world’s most expensive spices, because it’s so labour intensive to produce. And there are no shortcuts: Discount saffron is always substandard, half-disintegrated or even simply dyed corn silk.