Saffron (Crocus sativus)
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 many historic texts; saffron has been in use since ancient times.
In ancient India, the yellow fabric associated with Buddhists was made from a saffron dye. Saffron yellow is the royal color in many cultures.
Saffron was used, as a perfume in Roman times and it was popular in the traditional baths.
The Chinese materia medica (Pun tsaou, 1552–78) and other old medical texts mention saffron.
Our Each Peach (And Two’s a Pair) massage bar has a little saffron to add a beautiful color and fragrance.