Saffron spice is harvested from the threadlike growths of crocus flowers known as stigmas. It blooms for one week of the year and must be harvested by hand. This means that saffron is quite rare and hard to find, even in this day and age when you can find almost anything. Saffron was much too valuable to be used for dying garments, so it’s unlikely that my ancestors used actual saffron, and more likely they used safflower, as it is more common.
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