About Spanish Saffron
Saffron has been used for centuries as a food seasoning. It’s also sometimes used to make dyes, fragrances, and herbal medicines. Saffron has a flavor profile that is warm, earthy, slightly bitter with hints of honey, and a floral aroma.
Saffron is the most expensive spice in the world. There are two main reasons for this cost: 1) the stigmas of the 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 adds incredible depth of flavor to many dishes. You’ll find saffron threads in recipes for Indian Saffron Rice, Chicken Biryani, Lamb Tagine, 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.
Saffron should be used sparingly — a little goes a long way with this spice. If you want to get more out of your saffron (remember, it’s not cheap), you can make saffron tea first. Steeping the whole saffron threads will help to maximize flavor and aroma.