The World’s most exclusive spice at your fingertips. Here’s a primer and then we’ll re-visit the topic with some great recipes next time around!
What is Saffron?
Saffron, the world’s most expensive spice, is derived from the stigmas of the Saffron flower and is bright yellowish-red in color. These stigmas are carefully handpicked and it takes approximately 150 flowers to produce just 1 gram of Saffron. Saffron is used as a spice and coloring agent in global cuisines and has a delicate floral aroma. A few strands can color and flavor an entire dish! Selected Saffron’s products are harvested in the heartland of Spain which has the best climatic conditions for these delicate flowers to thrive in and is certified Category 1 ( Premium grade).
It is widely known that Saffron has many health benefits. It contains antioxidants and is an excellent source of minerals like copper, potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc. Additionally, it is also rich in many vital nutrients including vitamin A, folic acid, riboflavin, niacin and vitamin C. Recent studies have shown that the daily use of saffron may lead to improved eye sight, learning and memory retention, reduced muscle pain, aiding in regulating blood sugar, metabolizing carbohydrates and cancer prevention amongst other benefits.
Cooking with Saffron
Described as an exotic culinary spice, world renowned chefs have utilized Saffron in multi-cultural cuisines. From Garam Masala or Pilaf rice in India, Risotto Milanesa from Italy, saffron buns from Sweden, paella from Spain or bouillabaisse from France. By using premium quality saffron, a few strands go a long way in creating rich aromas, flavorful dishes with striking natural coloration.