Saffron is prized for its golden yellow color, rich flavor and aroma. McCormick sources saffron from Spain for its superior quality – there are more than 250 hand-picked strands per bottle! Considered the world’s most expensive spice, saffron comes from the stigma of the crocus, the tiny strands at the flower’s center. Luckily you need only a few strands of saffron to add its bright color and distinctive flavor to recipes. Paella, risotto and bouillabaisse are some of the most famous dishes with saffron. It is also an essential ingredient in Scandinavian breads, Moroccan tagines and Indian desserts. To extract saffron’s color and flavor, soak the crushed strands in a little hot water for a few minutes, then add the mixture to your recipe.