For thousands of years, saffron has held the title of world’s most valuable spice. Saffron threads are renowned for their unique, pungent flavor and difficulty of production. Our Kashmiri saffron is the highest quality available, sold as whole threads rather than ground-up powder.
Saffron is used in many culinary traditions around the world. It is the titular ingredient of saffron rice, in which the saffron colors the rice yellow, and saffron tea, a popular, dark-red brew. Paella, the famous Spanish dish, is almost always made with saffron, and the spice is widely used in Indian cuisine. Saffron’s famous flavor has been described as hay-like or honey-like.
Because of its intense flavor, and strong dying properties, very little saffron is required for culinary purposes and the key is to distribute it evenly throughout the dish being prepared. Many soak the saffron in liquid to create an infusion, although some will add the threads directly to a dish after crumbling to a powder.