Regular size = 1 gram (0.04 ounces), approximately 1 tbsp or 30-40 threads.
Saffron is the world’s most valuable spice, and has been since the earliest Mediterranean civilizations – this is because saffron is incredibly difficult to produce and harvest, but has certain qualities in cooking unlike any other spice. Saffron’s color is water-soluble (most spices are oil-soluble) – you can simply soak 1 thread of saffron per 1 tablespoon of warm water, wine, milk, etc., and in a few minutes will have a richly-colored golden tincture that you can add to any sauce or stock (or dough, or marinade). Saffron also has a remarkably strong and pleasant aroma, and you only need to use a tiny amount of saffron for the color and fragrance. Saffron is frequently used in rice and grain dishes, where it can be used directly in the cooking water to fully infuse the food. It complements seafood and root vegetables extremely well.