Was just discussing cuisines with Smeeta, and was telling her how expensive saffron is. I remember, I was told that just three pieces of that saffron stem (if that’s what you call it) can be obtained from a saffron flower. And given that the stem is so light, a gram of saffron has to be produced from a huge number of flowers. Lemme figure out the correctness of this.

And Bingo. This is what encyclopedia of spices has to say.

Coming from the dried stigmas of the saffron crocus, it takes 75,000 blossoms or 225,000 hand-picked stigmas to make a single pound which explains why it is the world’s most expensive spice.

Saffron is the three stigmas of the saffron crocus. They are delicate and thread-like, each measuring 2.5 – 4 cm (1 -1.5 in). Its colour is a bright orange-red, and in high quality saffron this is uniform. Saffron bearing white streaks or light patches is inferior and when light specks appear in its powdered form it suggests adulteration.

Which means it is extremely difficult a task to source a kilo of saffron. Wonder where we would use a kilo of it, given the fact that saffron in excess is fatal. It has a huge medicinal value. It has been recognized of value as an antispasmodic, diaphoretic, carminative, emmenagogic and sedative.

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