Saffron is considered the most prestigious spice in India. Used commonly in Spanish, Italian and Indian cooking, saffron from Spain is considered to be the best and of highest quality. Saffron is the stigma of Crocus sativus, which is a flowering plant in the crocus family. This spice is the most expensive spice available because more than 225,000 stigmas must be hand picked to produce just one pound. Sun Brand saffron is saffron in its pure form, a mass of compressed, threadlike, dark orange strands. Taste: Saffron has a pungent, spicy, bitter flavor with a sharp and penetrating essence.