How do I use Saffron?

Saffron is a spice that adds a rich crimson yellow colour and grassy flavours to many dishes.

The red threads of the saffron crocus flower (see below) are collected and dried. Real saffron is considered expensive but ‘worth it’s weight in gold’. If you are simply chasing its colouring effect, there are cheaper alternatives such as food colouring.

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Saffron is widely used in old-world cuisines, flavouring and colouring everything from rice dishes, meat, liquors, deserts and teas.

The dried threads have a grassy/hay aroma:

Try making saffron infused tea for that something different:



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