Saffron’s reputation as an expensive, exotic spice has often scared away cooks from trying recipes that use the fragrant, colorful threads.

It doesn’t have to be cost-prohibitive, though, here on the Gulf Coast. We’re lucky to have easy access to the staples of Hispanic cooking from brands like Goya and Badia, and that includes saffron in small, affordable quantities.

Bernice Torregrossa: bernice92@aol.com.

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(2) comments

Bailey Jones

A favorite source for saffron and other "exotic" spices is Rumi Spice. It was founded by American veterans and works in Afghanistan to connect farmers with markets. They have excellent saffron, at good prices. And a lot of recipes on their website.

Terry Moore

It's very expensive and hard to find but a little goes a long way. Maceo Spice and Import has a high grade saffron but you have to ask for it. It's not out in the shelves.

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