Collecting the folklore and uses of plants

QUERY: Dodder as a saffron substitute

STNEC 107According to the Newsletter of the Camborne/Redruth Natural History Society, 7: 8, 1990:
‘In Cornwall some folk with a liking for homemade saffron cake use dodder [Cuscuta epithymum] as saffron.’
Does anyone have any further records of this practice?

It may or may not be relevant, but Mary Cuddy in her Flora of St Just-in-Penwith (a parish in west Cornwall), Redruth, 1991: 59, gives ‘saffron’ and ‘devil’s saffron’ as local names for dodder [RV, 17 January 2011].

Image: Southwest Coast Path south of Hartland Quay, Devon; June 2016.

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