Cornish saffron buns

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Oats in the North, Wheat from the South: The history of British Baking, savoury and sweet

By Regula Ysewijn

Published 2020

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Saffron cakes and buns appeared throughout Britain, but only survived in Cornwall. The tin that was collected from the many mines in Cornwall was sometimes partially exchanged for saffron with foreign merchants, but although saffron was imported and traded for centuries, saffron crocuses have been and still are grown in Cornwall and some other areas in the country. The clue is in the name of the Suffolk town of Saffron Walden, where saffron was grown as far back as the 1600s. For the last d