Uses of saffron

Abstract

The uses of saffron through the ages are discussed. Originally prized both as a medicament and as a dyestuff, these applications have declined in modern times; it has also been used as a perfume. The primary market now is as a food spice—by far the world’s most expensive.

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Basker, D., Negbi, M. Uses of saffron. Econ Bot 37, 228–236 (1983). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02858789

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  • Economic Botany
  • Saffron
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