It’s as old as civilization, alluring as a siren, and delicate as silk.
It inspires passions that border on obsession, and tales that border on myth. It is saffron, the elusive golden girl, intractable wild child, of the spice world. And whether you believe that Alexander soaked his great locks in it to gilt their sunshine glow, or that Cleopatra steeped her body in it to enliven her sybarite’s skin, if you’ve ever inhaled its lusty, sweet aroma, you understand its powers of seduction. The color that launched a thousand Martha Stewart decorating schemes yields a flavor that evades description; you know it when you taste it.
But did you know this? If you bought it recently, you probably paid too much. Celebrating the legend and debunking the myth of saffron here.
(Hosted by Jacki Lyden)
Pat Willard, author of “Secrets of Saffron: The Vagabond life of the World’s Most Seductive Spice”
and Ellen Szita, author of “Wild About Saffron: A Contemporary Guide to an Ancient Spice.”