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03/24/2014 09:42 am ET Updated Sep 29, 2016

The Surprisingly Beautiful Origin Of Saffron

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Saffron, the most sought after of spices, has its origins in the most beautiful of places. This exotic spice is sold in small bundles of long red strands and is heralded for the intense yellow color it imparts on dishes and the complexity of flavor it lends.

Spanish paella and French bouillabaisse wouldn't be as enticing if it weren't for the saffron spice. Luckily, only a few threads are needed to give off its desirable flavor because saffron's price tag is steep (and that is a serious understatement). The price reflects the difficulty of harvesting though, and once you see where saffron comes from we think you'll be a little more forgiving. Read on and learn once and for all why this spice costs significantly more than its weight in gold.

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Saffron's Beautiful Origin

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