The reddish-yellow wisps of saffron are actually the inner stigmas of a purple autumn-blooming crocus. Saffron is the world’s most expensive spice. It takes 150-170 handpicked flowers to get just one gram. The stigmas are painstakingly harvested during only two weeks per year.
Luckily, it only takes a small amount of saffron to add colour and flavour to food. Saffron is popular in Scandinavian baked goods and many Oriental and Mediterranean dishes.
Mentioned in the Bible, and referred to in many historic texts, saffron has been in use since ancient times. The Chinese materia medica (Pun tsaou, 1552–78) and other old medical texts mention saffron.
In ancient India, the yellow fabric associated with Buddhists was made from a saffron dye. Saffron yellow has been the royal colour in many cultures. It was also used as a perfume in Roman times, and it was popular in the traditional baths.
We make our own saffron infusion by steeping saffron in boiled water and adding it as a natural colouring to our products.
Our Marilyn hair treatment contains saffron infusion what a luxurious way to add some golden tones!
For most of its history, saffron has been worth more than its weight in gold.