saffron as a colorant

Judy Glattstein
Mon, 31 Oct 2005 17:23:33 PST
Saffron was, in the Middle Ages, the source of a yellow dye used in 
manuscript illumination. A pinch of saffron was infused with glair, an 
egg-white glue, to produce a transparent yellow glaze sometimes used as 
a substitute for gold. As well, it was used as a hair dye. Its supposed 
medicinal attributes - a cure for plague, madness, melancholia, and 

Judy in New Jersey where Indian summer is offering a final few golden 
days before cold weather arrives to stay

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