It takes 75,000 blossoms or 225,000 hand-picked stigmas to make a single pound of saffron, which explains why it is the world’s most expensive spice. Find its delicate flavor in puddings, ice cream, festive breads and cookies, fragrant rice pilafs, paellas, and risottos. One or two strands are a delight in green tea or hot milk.
Medicinal: Calming and mood boosting, and has been studied as an herbal anti-depressant. Also helps hormone issues like menopause and PMS. Use in tiny quantities.