What is Saffron?
Saffron is a spice used in cooking, especially with rice to add color and a hint of flavor. Saffron comes from the dried stigmas of the crocus flower. This are the skinny red shoots that stick out of the flower. They are dried and then sold for use. They produce a golden orange color and easily dye grains that shade. The flavor is subtle and has a taste like honey, that is floral and pungent. It is an expensive spice and essential to certain dishes.