Saffron is commonly used in cooking. A pinch of the spice can be added to soups, stews, risotto and rice dishes, as well as to any tomato-based sauce. Saffron is considered an especially good addition to seafood dishes, such as paella and bouillabaisse. Saffron which is also known as Red flower is used as a natural coloring & aromatic in foods, pastries, beverages, pharmaceutical, etc.
In order to preserve the fragrance, saffron should not be cooked for long. It is best to soak the threads in warm water for a few minutes and add them to the dish with the liquid when it is almost finished cooking. An even more intense color can be obtained if the saffron threads are freshly ground.