Saffron is a spice that has been revered for ages. The threads are collected and then dried. These threads are then used for coloring and as seasoning agents in foods. They are very costly and are sold by weight. Some believe that saffron originated in Iran. Some others believe that it might have originated in Mesopotamia and Greece. Saffron contains a pigment which gives the golden yellow hue to the dishes it is added to. Saffron contains more than 150 aroma-rich compounds.
It is also called kesar and is considered to be the most expensive spice in the world. A lot of labor is required to cultivate the crop which makes it very expensive. Spain is the largest importer of saffron.
Saffron is ideally stored in an airtight container in a cool and dark place.