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Spotlight On Spices! Issue March 2012 - Saffron, the Most Expensive Spice
March 18, 2012

In our neck of the woods, March has not been itself. It did not come in like a lion; instead, the weather has been lamb-like - - pretty mild from the start. We’ve been in the high sixties and low seventies for the past week, and looking forward to the same in the coming days. Spring has sprung, daffodils are in bloom, and there are many spice and herb choices and food days to celebrate and enjoy. These include March 27th’s National Spanish Paella Day. Paella is a delicious crowd-pleasing dish. Make your favorite paella recipe with this month’s …

THE SPICE OF LIFE - Saffron, The Most Expensive Spice

Whole Saffron spice is a thread called a stigma. Stigmas are the female parts of a plant. Saffron spice stigmas come from a fall crocus.

Each plant yields three stigmas which are red in color. They sit atop the plant’s style which is a slim yellowish color stem. Sometimes, pieces of the style may be the source of the non-red materials found amongst your red saffron threads.

Stigmas are hand-picked, therefore harvesting saffron is labor-intensive which factors into the final price making it the world’s most expensive spice by weight. However, a few threads go a long way. One gram of saffron spice equals the amount needed for four recipes (six servings each), or the quantity needed to cook up a crowd-pleasing pot of paella.

Saffron spice is indigenous to the Middle East, Mediterranean Region (Greece, Spain), North Africa and India (Kashmir Saffron). Iran (Persian Saffron) is the world's largest producer by volume. Ground Saffron spice is sold sometimes in an adulterated manner (mixed with other spices such as Turmeric). Buy from reputable merchants and spice companies.


March is the Month for:

National Celery Month

National Frozen Food Month

National Nutrition Month

National Peanut Month

And, some of our favorite food days in the month include:

March 1 National Peanut Butter Lover's Day

March 2 National Banana Cream Pie Day

March 4 National Pound Cake Day

March 6 National Frozen Food Day

March 7 National Cereal Day

March 9 National Crabmeat Day

March 10 National Blueberry Popover Day

March 14 National Potato Chip Day

March 15 National Peanut Lovers Day

March 16 National Artichoke Heart Day

March 19 National Poultry Day

March 20 National Ravioli Day

March 25 National Lobster Newburg Day

March 26 National Waffle Day

March 27 National Spanish Paella Day

March 28 National Black Forest Cake Day

March 31 National Clams on the Half Shell Day


Check here for the latest news on any spice recalls, market withdrawals, and safety alerts:

Food ALERT! Widget


Websites for Spice Retailers:

Atlantic Spice Company -

Durkee® -

McCormick® -

Milford Spice Company -

Penzeys Spices -

Savory Spice Shop -

Spice Islands® -

The Spice House -

Spice Accessories Websites:

Bottles, Containers & Jars:

Bottle Store - -

SKS Bottle & Packaging, Inc. -


Online Labels -

Spice Racks:

Tubular Spices -

Spice Rack Source -

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Ellen White

Eat Well. Live Well. Cook everyday with spices and herbs!

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