[Sca-cooks] grow your own spices? (was) Onion Juice - and Saffron measurements
sirensong13 at yahoo.com
Tue Mar 6 07:51:45 PST 2007
How hard is saffron to grow?
"Pixel, Goddess and Queen" <pixel at hundred-acre-wood.com> wrote:
You're going to need more saffron if you're actually using it for flavor
rather than for just color. Also, check to make sure that the cheaper sort
of "saffron" is really pure saffron and not safflower. I can get Mexican
saffron at the local grocery store for much, much cheaper than real
saffron, but that's because it isn't the same thing. Mexican saffron
(asafran/azafran) is safflower, which is used for color but not for flavor
(and you can dye silk pink with it, but that's another digression
Real saffron (Crocus sativus L., the autumn crocus) is anywhere from
$6-10/g (yes, that's gram) while safflower (Carthamus tinctorius L., a
thistle) is more like $2/oz.
So, to sum up--if you want color, safflower is a perfectly reasonable
substitute. If you want flavor, it does not substitute for saffron.
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