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For thousands of years, saffron has held the title of world's most valuable spice. Saffron threads are renowned for their unique, pungent flavor and difficulty of production. Our Spanish saffron is the highest quality available, sold as whole threads rather than ground-up powder.
Each saffron thread measures 2.5-4 cm. The 1 ounce container is equivalent to over 56 of the .5 gram containers.
Saffron Thread vs. Saffron Powder
Saffron thread is better at retaining its flavor than saffron powder, which loses potency over time. Since inexpensive powder blends labeled "saffron" may be mixed with other spices, it is important to check that the saffron is pure when buying it in powdered form. In recipes that call for saffron, use twice the amount of saffron threads as you would powder. Threads should be toasted or pre-soaked in hot water to bring out their flavor and color before cooking with them.
The saffron crocus is a vibrant, purple flower, with three bright-red/orange saffron threads in the center of the petals. These threads are slender and delicate, and must be picked by hand. One ounce of saffron contains over 13,000 of these threads, and an entire acre filled with saffron crocuses can produce only ten pounds a year of the spice.
Given the difficulties of growing and producing saffron, civilization must have had a good reason to cultivate the spice over the last three thousand years. Saffron was used throughout the ancient world as a spice, perfume, cosmetic, tea, textile, ritual offering, medicine, aphrodisiac, and dye. Famous saffron-users include Alexander the Great and Cleopatra, and the spice is mentioned in Song of Songs.
Modern times have shed light on saffron's extensive medical properties. Since ancient times, saffron has been thought to combat melancholy, and modern research has actually shown it to improve one's mood and reduce depression. Saffron has also been shown useful in preventing or treating arthritis, breast cancer, old-age blindness, and Alzheimer's disease.
Flavors and Uses
Saffron is used in many culinary traditions around the world. It is the titular ingredient of saffron rice, in which the saffron colors the rice yellow, and saffron tea, a popular, dark-red brew. Paella, the famous Spanish dish, is almost always made with saffron, and the spice is widely used in Indian cuisine. Saffron's famous flavor has been described as hay-like or honey-like.
Because of its intense flavor, and strong dying properties, very little saffron is required for culinary purposes and the key is to distribute it evenly throughout the dish being prepared. Many soak the saffron in liquid to create an infusion, although some will add the threads directly to a dish after crumbling to a powder.
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MaryLou, Salinas, CA June 29, 2014
“I was delighted to find Saffron at such an affordable price and then to receive my order so quickly was impressive. The packaging was an unexpected surprise. I will not hesitate to order from you whenever I am in need of your products. Thank you for your great service.”
Ginny, Kent Island, MD February 15, 2014
“Just received my order from Nuts.com! It was shipped very quickly. Couldn't believe how fast we got it. Everything comes in really cool happy packaging. We loved everything we bought from the Brazil nuts and chocolate covered pretzels to the butter salt and saffron. We will be ordering again!”
Peggy, Magalia, CA June 26, 2013
“I have searched high and low for "the real deal" saffron, living in the sticks, there aren't a lot of shopping options. A friend told me about nuts.com and I am thrilled to be able to have my culinary needs fulfilled with friendly and fast service. Thanks so much, Uncle Sandy, Cousin David, Dad and Jeffrey!”
Janice, Beckley, WV May 30, 2013
“I had been looking for saffron but found it to be very much out of my budget. I found it at NUTS.COM for 1/3 what it cost at Wal-Mart. I also ordered turmeric, organic quinoa and garam masala . These are items I "need". You guys also tossed in some goji berries as a bonus. I am pleased with my order and will become a regular customer. Thank you so much!”
Diane January 10, 2013
“You have another return customer! I was delighted with everything I ordered. It arrived on time and the packaging was adorable. Your business is top of the line!”
Pat, Rockford, Illinois February 22, 2012
“My order arrived on time. I am pleased with the order and I would order from nuts.com again”
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Joyce, Orange, TX November 18, 2011
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Connie August 10, 2011
“Fast shipping. Everything looks great. Highly recommended.”
Ruth, dollar bay, Mi June 23, 2011
“Such Service! I will be back!”
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Packaged in the same facility as peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, and milk products.
Store in a cool dry place for up to 1 year. Refrigeration is not needed.
Country of Origin: Spain