Saffron is a key element in cuisines from the Mediterranean to South Asia and is used in both sweet and savory preparations. It adds a distinctive floral flavor and golden color to fragrant rice dishes like paella, risotto and biryani, to frozen desserts like ice cream and kulfi as well as traditional teas. It is often paired with cardamom, pistachio and rosewater.
Our saffron threads are pulled carefully from the flower, which leaves a characteristic flame-colored tail on each thread. That slight gradation in color is your assurance that our saffron is 100% pure and never dyed or otherwise adulterated. Our saffron threads are also uncommonly delicate, with a warm, honeyed fragrance reminiscent of dried roses and fresh hay.
Saffron is also said to have beneficial health properties, including increasing serotonin levels, reducing stress and anxiety and reducing hunger pangs.
- Origin: Herat, Afghanistan
- Process: Sun-dried
- Ingredients: 100% whole saffron threads (Crocus sativa)
- Tasting notes: Honey • Dried Roses • Fresh Hay
- Steep a few threads in warm water when making crunchy baked rice
- Add a handful of threads when making paella
- Add complexity to your ice creams, cakes, and other desserts
- Pairs well with: Cloud Forest Cardamom, Wild Mountain Cumin, Silk Chili Flakes
Our saffron is cultivated in the deserts of the Herat province in western Afghanistan, on the border with Iran, where saffron has grown for thousands of years. During the annual harvest in November and December, farmers begin work at dawn, plucking the beautiful white and purple crocus flowers before the desert sun can wilt them and ruin the invaluable stamens. Each flower produces only three stamens, which are painstakingly extracted by hand and dried.
Saffron is immensely valuable, and like any valuable product, dishonest traders may attempt to deceive consumers about the quality of their product. Safflower, a different flower entirely, is sometimes sold as saffron; safflower petals have straight, orange threads, while true saffron threads are deep red and curled and tangled. Lower grade saffron threads may also be cut and colored be with red dye to make them appear higher quality.
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My saffron ice cream and biscotti came out so great. I’ve already ordered another jar.
As usual, their spices are the best I have ever tired. The saffron is no exception!
I'll admit I was cautious in placing my first order from B&B. I'm pretty demanding about the quality of my spices. And clearly saffron is a spice you would usually be cautious about. I was pleased to find that what I received was not a cheaper unsifted product with a lot of the yellow styles left attached. It was purely the red stamen, and the flavor was fresh and light. I bought several other spices as well, and all were high quality and flavorful. I'm sold. More and more if my cabinets will convert going forward to Burlap and Branch. Not only are the spices the highest quality, but the service was responsive, focused, and caring. Thank you for being a company that cares.