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Fast and Fresh Cooking Tip: Saffron

December 25th, 2008

Saffron, the yellow-orange stigma of a small purple crocus, is the world’s most expensive spice. Each flower provides only three stigma, which must be handpicked. It takes 14,000 of these to equal 1 ounce of saffron. A little goes a long way, and there is no substitute for its exquisite flavor and earthy aroma. Store saffron in an airtight container in a cool, dark place for up to six months.

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