"the famous yellow starch, of which Ann Turner, her especial friend, had taught her the secret"

Amongst her other, less wholesome claims to fame, Anne Turner was known as the inventor of a type of starch used to impart a yellow tint to the ruffs and cuffs of the fashionably attired. She cooked up this saffron-based preparation on her own kitchen stove and its quality was so high that soon she was running an extremely lucrative monopoly catering to the ladies of court. After she was publically hung in 1615 for her involvement in the Overbury affair wearing a ruff dyed with her own starch, the craze came to an abrupt end.