Originally Posted by sweetpea
OK, then it must be Mexican saffron which is really safflower:
safflower = Mexican saffron = saffron flower = American saffron Notes: Marketers often call safflower "saffron," but it bears little resemblance to the real thing, except that it imparts a weak, saffron-like color to food. It has very little flavor. Substitutes: saffron (use just a pinch; better flavor but more expensive) OR annatto seeds
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