[Histonet] saffron vs. safran du gatinais

gayle callis gayle.callis <@t> bresnan.net
Thu Jan 5 16:21:04 CST 2012


In the past, people replied to Histonet with the suggestion to buy saffron
aka safran du gatinais from a grocery store spice section.   Depending on
where you are located e.g. a bigger city, try to find a store that sells
spices from India may have the freshest saffron.   However, you won't suffer
the sticker shock of buying it from a chemical supplier.  It still tends to
be expensive but not like chemical company prices.    Once we made the
alcoholic saffron solution for Movat's pentachrome, we stored this solution
in a container with a dessicant to maintain a water free environment.   

I was fascinated that Tom actually grew and harvested saffron from the
flowers.   That is true devotion, but I suspect it was for those delicious
sounding "nubbies .       

Good luck

Gayle M. Callis
Bozeman MT  

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Subject: [Histonet] saffron vs. safran du gatinais

Hello histonet,
I have a protocol that calls for safran du gatinais and am experiencing some
serious sticker shock.  Can I substitute saffron in my solution or am I
asking for trouble?

Many thanks,

Beth Villarreal
Scientist I
Novartis Institutes for BioMedical
Research, Inc.
300 Technology Square
Cambridge, MA 02139

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