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Herati Saffron

Delicate floral flavor, golden color, and warm, honeyed fragrance.

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Our uncommonly delicate Herati Saffron threads have a beautiful delicate floral flavor, golden color and warm, honeyed fragrance reminiscent of dried roses and fresh hay. The threads are pulled carefully from the flower, leaving a characteristic flame-colored tail. Saffron is a key element in sweet and savory cuisines from the Mediterranean to South Asia. 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, and to teas.

Our saffron is of the highest quality, sometimes called super negin or sargol, depending on how it is harvested and graded. The slight gradation in color is your assurance that our saffron is 100% pure and never dyed or otherwise adulterated.



Herat, Afghanistan




Whole saffron threads (Crocus sativa)

Tasting notes:

Honey • Dried Roses • Fresh Hay

Cooking tips

  • Steep a few threads in warm water when making crunchy baked rice
  • Add a handful of threads when making paella
  • Fold into buttery bread, cake or cookie doughs 
  • Steep in cream for a rich pasta sauce 


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 stigmas. Each flower produces only three stigmas, 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, curled and tangled. Lower-grade saffron threads may also be cut and colored with red dye to make them appear higher quality.

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Gwen C.
United States United States

Super saffron!

This saffron pack as a punch, so use it sparingly or go overboard if you simply can’t get enough of this flavor! Delicious!

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Mary l.
United States United States


Very rapid response, well packed. This saffron is powerful, a little goes a long way.. it is a wonderful addition to rice in dishes where saffron flavor s dominant. We will be using Burlap and Barrel as our main source in the future.

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patrise s.
United States United States

First timer

I’ve never used saffron before and now I don’t know why!! First, it smells so intoxicating that I wasn’t sure how best to use it so it didn’t lose that scent. I chose a Moroccan chicken stew. Let me tell you, it did not disappoint. The smell in my kitchen is heady and floral and the taste is citrusy, light but very warming and exotic. I’m off to find more recipes with saffron. I hate that I’m so late to the saffron game!!

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United States United States

Fragrant Saffron

The herati saffron is so good. I made some shrikhand (thickened flavored yogurt) using it and saffron is one of the main ingredients! A good quality of Saffron is very important! Love this! Can’t wait to buy more. Such good quality.

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how do we compare? Supermarket Icon Supermarket Fair Trade Icon Fair Trade
Heirloom Spices Yes No No
Fair Prices for Farmers Yes No Depends on global commodity price
Time in Storage None. We import spices at harvest Up to 10 years At least 1 year
Flavor Profile Intense & fresh Stale & bland Inconsistent
Knows Farmers Names Yes No Unlikely
Customer Service Fast responses from real people! No There might be a 1-800 number?