SAFFRON, "Silk Road"

200 milligrams (Want more? Save!)
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Sales price: $3.00
Sales price without tax: $3.00
Package sizes CLICK BELOW (Above Add to Cart) , $7 or $12



$3 regular package contains 200 milligrams (0.007 ounce (1/2 teaspoon)

$7 package contains 600 milligrams (3 times the regular package)

$12 package contains 1.2 grams (6 times the regular package)

Said to be the most expensive (and unusual) spice available.  Don't let that fact frighten you, because its powerful aroma requires only a tiny amount for a usual size preparation.  Once you use it you will continue to keep it on hand.

This saffron, from the "Silk Road"* region of Asia, has superior taste and color. Saffron has an unusual flavor and aroma, when understood, helps the chef or home cook release that wonderful flavor when cooking and baking. Saffron is sold in two forms, powder and threads, and each behave very differently in the kitchen.

Be sure you are buying good saffron. It is important to know that saffron comes from the bright red stigmas of the saffron plant crocus (Crocus sativus) which flowers in the Fall in many different "Silk Road" countries, including Greece, India, Iran, Afganistan and Spain. The stigmas are the female part of the flower. In a good year, each saffron crocus plant might produce several flowers. Each flower contains three stigmas, which when (cured) properly, become saffron. Each red stigma is like a little capsule that encloses the complex chemicals that make up saffron's aroma, flavor, and yellow dye. In order to release these chemicals, you must steep the threads.

Stigmas (the important part) are attached to a slender white style, which, when dried, turns pale yellow.The Style of the saffron plant, has NO CULINARY VALUE, that means NO AROMA, FLAVOR or COLOR. If is left attached to the red stigmas, it adds 30% to 50% DEAD weight to the saffron, and you pay for it. Note it’s as long as 1 ¾ inches. When dry, it curls and you can hardly see it.

Our Saffron contains only the stigma of the plant.

*The Silk Road" gets its name from the lucrative Chinese silk trade which was carried out along its length, and began during the Han dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD). The central Asian sections of the trade routes were expanded around 114 BC by the Han dynasty,  Trade on the Silk Road was a significant factor in the development of the civilizations of China, the the Indian subcontinent, Persia, Europe and Arabia.. Though silk was certainly the major trade item from China, many other goods were traded.


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