30 Apr '12, 9pm

The Journey for the Most Expensive Spice in the World - Saffron via @JustLuxe #Saffron #Spices #Herbs

The Journey for the Most Expensive Spice in the World - Saffron via @JustLuxe #Saffron #Spices #Herbs

Top Ten lists shed light on fascinating corners of pop culture. I recently came across a list of the world’s most expensive foods, thanks to the folks at Kitchen Geekery . Who knew the most expensive mushroom is an Italian white alba truffle (the owner of a Macau casino recently paid $330,000 for a 3.3 pound beauty)? Almas caviar is sold at only one retail outlet in the world (one kilo in a 24-karat gold tin: $25,000), and a 17-pound Japanese Densuke watermelon sold for $6,100 in 2008. The strange-but-true list continued until I reached the world’s most expensive spice : saffron. This I knew, and decided to learn more. Saffron is actually the stigmas (female reproductive part) of the Saffron Crocus (Crocus sativus) plant. Each mature plant contains only three bright red stigmas. The crocus’ origin is not definite. Scientists know that Egyptian physicians were using saffron...

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