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Saffron
Often proclaimed as the world's most expensive spice - pricier than gold - saffron nevertheless represents terrific value for money because a little goes a very, very long way.
Warm-flavoured saffron is especially good with rice and is a prime flavouring of classic risotto alla Milanese, paella and Persian rice dishes.

It works very well with pears, cream, honey, chicken, white fish and shellfish.

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