Saffron

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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.

Production

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.

Healing Powers

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.

Customer Reviews

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“As usual, the merchandise arrived earlier than expected and in great shape. Thanks for being such a wonderful merchant! ”

, Washington, DC March 22, 2011

“I can't believe that I received my order the next day!!!! The nuts are absolutely delicious - great flavor and not over salty like the brand names in the store. Worth the money for a quality product. I will definitely be ordering again. And you are the few places that actually sell saffron threads! Haven't used yet but if they are as good as your nuts, I will be back for more spices in the future.”

March 19, 2011

“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!”

, Kent Island, MD February 15, 2014

Packaged in the same facility as peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, and milk products.

Country of Origin: Spain

ID: 1207

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