Costly spice from crocus flower stigmas. Labor-intensive harvest & low yield drive high price.
Orchid pods yield natural spice. Price affected by crop issues & intensive pollination.
Versatile spice, sweet/savory. From ginger family's seeds.
Valued for flavor/aroma. Subterranean fungi, tree-root symbiosis.
Prized, costlier than cassia, better quality.
Dried flower buds, strong flavor. Culinary, medicinal value
Complex flavor - vanilla, almond, spice. Used in dishes, caution due to potential toxicity.
Ginger relative, peppery with citrus notes. Historical black pepper substitute.