One final saffron story before I call it quits for today

Jim McKenney
Mon, 31 Oct 2005 19:29:34 PST
Years ago I worked in a small business whose proprietor took his employees
to Atlantic City, New Jersey for an annual day of gambling and eating. 

At the casino restaurant, I ordered mussels. When they arrived, the
presentation was very appetizing. The mussels were abundant, and they were
heaped in a bowl with a richly wine scented hot broth flecked with parsley
and saffron styles.

They were delicious. Out of curiosity, I decided to try tasting one of the
saffron styles. I anticipated a disagreeably strong taste, but to my
surprise there was little taste but that which the broth itself imparted. 

Why? Because the "saffron styles" where cleverly crafted of bright
orange-red plastic!

The adulteration of saffron had entered the age of plastics! 

Jim McKenney
Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7, where I generally have
fantastic, delightful (as in running through or floating over fields of
colorful, fragrant wildflowers delightful)  dreams after a meal which
contains genuine saffron. 

More information about the pbs mailing list