The reddish-yellow wisps of saffron are actually the inner stigmas of a purple autumn-blooming crocus.

Saffron is the world’s most expensive spice. It takes 150-170 handpicked flowers to get just one gram. The stigmas are painstakingly harvested during only two weeks per year.

Luckily, it only takes a small amount of saffron to add color and flavor to food. Saffron is popular in Scandinavian baked goods, and in many Oriental and Mediterranean dishes.

Saffron is mentioned in the Bible and referred to in