Before using in cooking, soak the saffron strands in a teaspoon of warm water or milk.
Crush tenderly to release the flavor from the strands.
Use very little, 5 strands are enough for 1 cup of rice.
Too much saffron makes the food (pulao) very pungent.
How to grow Saffron:
Saffron is harvested from a flower.
Make sure you plant only the species: Saffron Crocus Sativus
The reddish-golden stamens of the flower is your saffron strands.
Dry them carefully so they won’t blow away in the wind.