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Saffron

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Smsaffron0001.jpg‘Saffron’ comes from the Arabic ‘az-za'fran’, which in stems from a Semitic root meaning ‘to be/become yellow’.  Via the mediaeval Latin - ‘safranum’ -  the name spread to almost all European languages and many non European ones also.  The word is recognisable in Hindi, Amharic, Finnish, Japanese, Hebrew and even Basque, to name but a few. 

Saffron is the dried stigma of a particular autumn flowering crocus, which was probably first cultivated in the Bronze Age in or near Greece.
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