SAFFRON ¼ GRAM: Pull just a couple of strands to flavor your dish. Saffron has a somewhat bitter flavor. Saffron also contributes a luminous yellow-orange color to dishes. Saffron is widely used in Arab, Asian, European, Indian, Iranian and Moroccan Cuisines. Confectionaries and liquors also often include Saffron. Common Saffron substitutes include Safflower and Turmeric. It is by far the most expensive spice in the world.