About Iranian Saffron
Many believe that true saffron originated in ancient Persia (modern day Iran). It is the most expensive spice in the world and Iranian saffron is the highest quality you can buy. Iranian saffron has a color that is slightly deeper red with a more pronounced aroma of musk compared to other saffron. The overall flavor profile of saffron is warm, earthy, slightly bitter with hints of honey, and a floral aroma.
The next best thing to Iranian saffron (although only true saffron connoisseurs would call it a downgrade) is Spanish saffron, which we also carry.
There are two main reasons why saffron is so expensive: 1) the stigmas of the saffron flower have to be harvested by hand, and 2) each flower has only 3 stigmas. It takes over 4,600 flowers to produce one ounce of saffron threads!
Saffron’s complex flavor adds beautiful depth to many dishes. You’ll find it in recipes for Persian Tahdig (scorched rice), Loobia Polo, Indian Chicken Biryani, Spanish Paella, and the classic seafood stew, Bouillabaisse. It’s a key ingredient in many stews, soups, curries, cream sauces, meat dishes, and roasted vegetables. Saffron is also used to make sweets like cakes, scones, bread, ice cream, and pudding.