Saffron comes from the flower of the saffron crocus, and lots of them.
It requires thousands of these flowers to produce just one ounce of saffron.
That’s why it’s so expensive.
Saffron is native to Southwest Asia, and is the most expensive spice in the world by weight.
The word saffron comes from the Latin word safranum via the 12th century Old French term safran.