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  • Spanish Saffron Threads

    1 ounce

    Price Per Each:
    Qty: 1oz
    1-4 $148

    Product Info

    Saffron is an exotic spice harvested from the saffron crocus that imparts a pungent earthy/bittersweet flavor and yellow color to food. Perhaps its most famous use is in the Spanish rice dish Paella, but it can also be used in a variety of dishes, including Scandinavian baked goods and Middle Eastern desserts like ice cream.

    This Spanish saffron has been classified Superior/Selected quality, with a color potency score of 230.9, making it significantly higher quality than most of the saffron on the market.

    We also offer even stronger top quality Persian Saffron Threads (Sargol grade) in 1 gram packs or similarly strong Persian saffron powder in .5g, 4-capsule packs.

    Why is saffron expensive?
    Saffron is almost as renowned for its expense as it is its potent flavor. The cost of saffron is purely due to the amount of work required to harvest it and its very low crop yield - each ounce of this saffron was made from the stigmas of well over 4,600 crocus flowers.



    1oz glass jar


    Superior/Selected Grade
    Color Potency of 230.9



    Stored in its jar away from moisture and light, saffron will last for several years.

    Recipes & Tips

    Saffron threads are usually steeped in an alcoholic, acidic, or hot liquid prior to being added to dishes. We recommend steeping them for at least 20 minutes to release most of their flavor (though they will continue to release flavor for up to 12 hours).

    This saffron can be very lightly toasted prior to use to further develop its flavor.

    Not just for paella, saffron can be used in stews, risottos, puddings, ice creams, baked goods, soups, seafood dishes and sauces. Saffron pairs well with flavors such as apples, almonds, honey, chicken, bone marrow (often from veal marrow bones), milk or cream (try it in ice cream!), cinnamon, seafood, garlic, white wine, vinegar rose water, and citrus fruits. Fresh herbs frequently paired with saffron include: basil, cilantro, rosemary and thyme.

    Saffron Recipes

    Converting Saffron Powder Recipes to Threads: A good rule is to use roughly 20 threads for each pinch (~1/16th tsp) of powder called for. However, this saffron is very high quality, so you may not need as much. Remember to steep the threads before adding them (perhaps in 1-2tsp of hot water) - this step is less necessary for powdered saffron, so some powder recipes may not include it.