Saffron may well be the oldest of all cultivated spices--as depicted on the ruins of the walls of the palace of Knossos, Crete dating from 1700 BC. The Greeks considered saffron to be the essence of youth and life, while Phoenician newlyweds slept on pillows strewn with saffron. It takes very little saffron to turn water yellow, leading to its use as a natural dye in the past. Because saffron is so expensive it is rarely used as a dye in modern times – though in special circumstances, Indian women will still dye their wedding gowns and veils with this beautiful golden color. We offer it in a 5 gram vial.