1 g = 11.00 €
Our premium saffron threads from Iran are of highest quality as far as colour and aroma are concerned. Through direct import, it is possible to offer saffron to a top price.
Saffron (Persian za' farän, scientific name crocus savitus) is a type of crocus that purple blooms in autumn. The spice also known as saffron is obtained from the stamping of their flowers. Each flower contains a pistil branching into three lines. Only these sweet aromatic scented stamp threads are dried and used as spice. To contain one kilogram of them, you need about 150,000 to 200,000 flowers from a cultivation area of about 1000 square meters; the harvest is pure manual work. A picker creates 60 to 80 grams a day. In addition, that saffron blossoms only once per year in the autumn (and only for about two weeks). Therefore, saffron is one of the most expensive spices. In retail, about 19 euros per gram will be paid.
Saffron must be kept in tightly closing metal or glass jars protected from light and humidity, because the spice under light fades quickly and the essential oil relatively easily evaporates. To preserve the aromatic fragrance, saffron should be cooked not too long. It is advisable to soak the saffron threads in warm water a few minutes and to give them together with the liquid to the dish at the end of the cooking time.
Already in the antiquity saffron was a sought-after luxury item and tempts traders to counterfeiting. It is still so. Powdered saffron can be stretched with various spices and falsified. False saffron (saflor), even safflower called, is still used as a cheaper substitute for saffron in the Orient. At the spice bazaars these substitutes will be offered to tourists as saffron at very high rates. Saffron is not equal to saffron. With one gram real saffron, one can color a whole liter of water to intensive yellow.