Saffron native to Asia, was brought to Mexico by the Spaniards, who in turn learned how to use it from the Arabs. Once in Mexico, it took strong roots especially in the Yucatan Peninsula and the South East regions.

However, since it is very expensive, there are seasonings that have been developed trying to approximate its flavor. Also, achiote seeds have been used instead, given how cheap they are, and how similar to saffron their strong taste and deep infusing color is.

To use, saffron threads, sometimes  crumbled, are soaked in boiling hot water until their color is released. Both the liquid and the crumbled softened threads are used.


3comments inSaffron

  1. Esther Chavarria Jarmusz

    Jan 19

    Where can I find and buy achiote seeds, this seed sounds like
    a good sub.for saffron, and yes it is very expensive.


  2. Esther Chavarria Jarmusz

    Jan 19

    where can I find and buy achiote seeds? the seed sounds like
    a perfect sub. for saffron.


    1. Pati

      Jan 24

      Hi Esther, If you can’t find them in your grocery store, try your local Latin Market.

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