The world's most expensive spice, derived from the stylus and stigma of the flower of the saffron crocus. It is thread-like and golden-yellow in colour, with a penetrating, slightly bitter, aromatic flavour, used as a culinary seasoning, as a fabric dye and for its medicinal properties. It is grown along a belt of land that runs from the west Mediterranean to Kashmir.

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