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What to Use Instead of Saffron

Updated February 21, 2017

Safflower makes a good substitute for saffron. Although the flavour is not very strong, the additive produces a colour that is very close to that of saffron.

Turmeric Works

Not only does the spice turmeric produce a colour, similar to that of saffron when used in a dish, but also this popular Indian spice has an appealing taste that will be enjoyed by all.

Bottom Line

Since saffron is the world's most expensive spice, cooks everywhere are on the lookout for a cheaper alternative. Even though several spices, such as turmeric, annato seeds, marigold blossoms, safflower and "Mexican saffron," can duplicate the colour of saffron, nobody has found anything, which can replace the flavour and taste of true saffron.

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Henri Bauholz is a professional writer covering a variety of topics, including hiking, camping, foreign travel and nature. He has written travel articles for several online publications and his travels have taken him all over the world, from Mexico to Latin America and across the Atlantic to Europe.