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This spice is as beautiful as it is transformative. Sourced from the highest quality saffron you can find, a simple pinch of the eye catching red strands will transform your dish with their indescribable aroma and color.
Whole saffron threads
Glass Jar Net Weight: .5g
No Additives, GMOs, Or Fillers, No Salt
Tips for Success
Saffron’s flavor compounds are water solulable and benefit from steeping in warm water, lemon juice or alcohol to extract most of the flavor..
You can crush it before steeping to speed up the process and steep anywhere from 30 minutes to overnight..
Acidic and warm liquids will also speed up flavor extraction.
Ironically, the dainty lilac-hued crocus flower that produces our rarest spice—only three delicate saffron threads per bloom—is remarkably hardy, thriving in the extreme sun-baked climate of Afghanistan’s Herat Province. During the fleeting harvest season—late October to early November—rural village women, donning gloves and masks to avoid contamination, start plucking the flowers at 4:30 a.m., avoiding the heat of the day. Removing the bright-red stigmas—yellow strands are considered inferior—happens later. About 150 flowers are required to produce just one gram of this so-called “red gold.
What are the benefits of saffron?
“Saffron is a powerful spice high in antioxidants. It has been linked to health benefits, such as improved mood, libido, and sexual function, as well as reduced PMS symptoms and enhanced weight loss.” (https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/saffron)
Why is saffron so expensive?
Saffron is the most expensive spice in the world and is more expensive than gold! The high cost is due to the labor intensive hand harvesting process. Each flower contains 3 strands of threadlike stigmas in the center which is the saffron we know.
How to tell if saffron is fake?
Unfortunately, there is a lot of fake saffron out there that is died red to imitate high quality saffron. Saffron should be incredible fragrant and not have a strong bitter metallic taste. Additionally when you put saffron in water it should float. Often times fake saffron will sink due to the dyes or chemicals used.