teucer at pobox.com
Fri Oct 30 14:08:15 PDT 2009
On Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 4:24 PM, Stefan li Rous
<StefanliRous at austin.rr.com> wrote:
>> Spanish Coupe - $12.75/gram
>> Spanish Mancha - $10.75/gram, $139.00/ounce
> What is the difference between these two? Are "Coupe" and "Mancha" different
> regions in Spain? Or are these referring to different grades of saffron?
"Coupe" is not a Spanish word or place name, but is from the French
for "cut" and refers to the processing.
"Mancha" means "stain," but it's also a place name - "La Mancha" is a
region in central Spain, which gives its name to queso manchego
("cheese from La Mancha") and, of course, El Ingenioso Hidalgo Don
Quijote de La Mancha.
I'm not sure which meaning is meant in the context of saffron; both
seem plausible, since saffron stains things yellow but a lot of it
also comes from central Spain.
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