tin inscription, apparently a kitchen menu of the Achaemenid
Imperial household, revealed cooks used about 1 kilogram of
saffron each day for their Imperial dishes.
The inscription was originally discovered on a court portico in
one of Achaemenid king of kings’ palaces and was documented by
a Greek military author in a book entitled “Strategy”.
Now an Iranian scholar, Dr. Mohammad Hussein Abrishami, has
deciphered the tablet and concluded that it served as menu and
is the oldest document on Achaemenids’ diets.
The inscription unveiled that cooks used to prepare meals for up
to 50,000 persons each day, thus needing 1 kg of saffron to
spice up their delicacies.