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PERSIA ON YOUR PLATE

Bring zest and vivacity to your culinary
creations with our premium Persian delicacies

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Our Story

Once Upon a Field

Hi, I’m Parya Zaghand.

While I think of myself as an Aussie, I’m also proud as punch of my Iranian heritage. So much so, in 2013, I created a business built around the mouth-watering delicacies of Persia; bringing you flavours of the real Iran. I wanted to create a space at the table for the golden-petaled spice: Persian Saffron.

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Our Philosophy

Strengthen, support and share

Food is the pivot point of Persian culture; essential to everything we do, say or think. We keep stories alive to connect you to the cultural and culinary history of the cuisine and illustrate how these magnificent ingredients are used in different parts of Persia. From how cumin seeds are picked, and pomegranates are de-seeded to the Samovar-specific way of brewing Black Persian Tea. Then it’s your turn to weave these colours, flavours, crunch and munch into your food creations.

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Persian Fare and Food Culture

In Persia, food is life

Food is the feather in the cap of Persian hospitality; sharing your bounty is an essential Iranian belief. During breakfast, we debate what’s for lunch, and at lunch, we make plans for dinner. Food in Iran is anything but ordinary; every ingredient combines to create something spectacular. Spicy, but never hot, fragrant, flavourful, complex and textural.

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Product Range

Amplify your culinary concept, garnish up a storm, add some intense colour, elevate your senses and experiment with our exotic ingredients. Enhance complexity and balance, and tell stories through your food creations. Whether you’re buying bulk, you’re a chef or a serious home cook – browse our Persian products to top up on your favourite staple or try something new.

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    Dried Fruits

    Dried Fruits

    Barberries burst with a terrific tart taste. Chewy, sun-dried Figs bring sweet, savoury and caramel. Whole or powdered Dried Limes add a complex, citrus, tang.
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    Edible Flowers

    Edible Flowers

    Handpicked, pesticide-free and organically grown Rose petals, buds, powder and double-distilled Rose water. Add these magic ingredients to desserts or drinks.
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    Liquids

    Liquids

    Pour, drizzle and drink. Add depth with Date Vinegar, relax and refresh with Saffron Teas. Tip a touch of fruity flavour with Date Syrup and energise aroma with Rose Water.
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    Nuts

    Nuts

    The king of nuts; mix these vibrant, sun-dried kernels with berries and figs or garnish for festive green. Iran is the world’s #1 Pistachio producer.
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    Saffron

    Saffron

    Prima Donna of the Persian spice pantry, Saffron comes from the purple Crocus Sativus flower. Farm fresh and traceable from paddock to plate, play with its endless applications.
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    Sweets

    Sweets

    Dip a stick of Saffron-infused Persian Rock Candy to add colour, aroma and flavour to tea or cocktails. Hand-spun, Persian Fairy Floss, melts-in-your-mouth, without the saccharine sweet.

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Choose your flavour adventure

Our rainbow range of ingredients will colour your creations and make aromas and textures shine. Add dimension to your dishes by using saffron, barberries, rose products, dates or pistachios. Elevate your offerings and give your guests Persia on a plate with these extraordinary ingredients.

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Recipes

Nourish your body and soul with delicious dishes, a bounty of sides and a bowl of fresh fruits or nuts piled impossibly high like Persians do it. Rich in history, stories, contrasting landscapes and diverse climates, customs and culture, Persia is a melting pot of ingredients, flavours and cooking methods. Create a sweet Faloudeh (frozen noodles immersed in Rose Water syrup, topped with lime juice and sour cherry jam) or Tahchin(Saffron layered rice cake) from scratch, and invite your favourites to share a real Persian feast.

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    Honey and Saffron Liquor Recipe

    Honey and Saffron Liquor Recipe

    Ingredients Honey, 1 cup Vanilla bean, half, finely chopped Cinnamon stick, 1 Freshly grated nutmeg, 1/4 teaspoon Saffron threads, small pinch Lemon zest, 3 strips white pith removed Vodka, 3 cups Method Put the honey, 125 ml (1/2 cup) water, the vanilla bean, cinnamon stick, peppercorns, nutmeg and saffron in a saucepan and bring just […]

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    How to Bloom Saffron

    How to Bloom Saffron

    by Shadi at Unicorns in the Kitchen Learn how to bloom saffron once and forever. This technique is a no-fail and has been in Persian families for the longest time! There is so much you can do with bloomed saffron! This beautiful mystic spice is the star of many Persian dishes, and I’m going to […]

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    Saffron Tea Recipe

    Saffron Tea Recipe

    Ingredients Water, 4 cups Green cardamom pods, 2, bruised Saffron, 1/2 teaspoon, ground Rose water, 1/2 cup Sugar, 2 tablespoons Organic rose buds or petals to serve Method Add the cardamom pods and saffron to a kettle, along with the water, rose water, and sugar. Stir the mixture to dissolve the sugar. Bring the mixture […]

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    Saffron and Cinnamon Daisy Recipe

    Saffron and Cinnamon Daisy Recipe

    Ingredients 50 ml Belvedere Vodka 25 ml saffron and Cinnamon syrup 25 ml lemon juice. Dash Premium triple Sec Dash Egg white Method Dry shake all ingredients to emulsify the egg white and create a foam. Add ice and shake until very cold. Fine shake into a chilled Martini glass. Garnish with a sprinkle of […]

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    Mussel with Saffron and Mustard Recipe

    Mussel with Saffron and Mustard Recipe

    Ingredients 12 tablespoons unsalted butter 1/2 cup minced shallots 1 head garlic, cloves peeled and minced 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon minced thyme 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper 1/4 cup Dijon mustard 2 cups dry white wine 4 pinches of saffron threads 4 pounds small mussels 1/2 cup plus 2 […]

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    Persian Saffron Rice Recipe

    Persian Saffron Rice Recipe

    Ingredients 1 pinch of saffron 3 cups basmati rice 1 tsp salt Method In the morning of the day of making the rice, wash it GENTLY (it’s easily damaged) and soak it in heavily salted water for the entire day until evening. Note: after soaking, it’s even more fragile. Take a good pinch of Saffron. […]

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    Saffron Cauliflower Soup with Sumac Oil Recipe

    Saffron Cauliflower Soup with Sumac Oil Recipe

    Ingredients 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 medium onion, chopped (about 1 cup) 2 large garlic cloves, chopped 2 lbs frozen or fresh cauliflower florets ½ tsp salt ¼ tsp ground black pepper 5 cups of water or vegetable broth 20 saffron threads Method To make Sumac oil add 2 tbsp plus 2 tsp […]

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    Paella with Crab, Prawns and Chicken Recipe

    Paella with Crab, Prawns and Chicken Recipe

    Ingredients red capsicums, 1 left whole, 1 finely chopped 1 pinch saffron threads 2 tsp salt 60 ml (¼ cup) tbsp olive oil 1 brown onion, finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1 large tomato, peeled and finely chopped 300 g chicken thigh fillets, diced 200 g squid, diced 300 g calasparra or bomba rice […]

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    Flourless Citrus Saffron Cake Recipe

    Flourless Citrus Saffron Cake Recipe

    Ingredients 1 seedless orange, washed and halved with seeds removed 1 lemon, washed and halved with seeds removed 3 tangerines or mandarins, washed and halved with seeds removed 1/2 tsp saffron 1 cup sugar 6 eggs 1 tbs vanilla extract 2 cups almond flour 1 tsp baking powder 2 tbs melted butter 1/4 cup honey […]

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    Persian Love Cake Recipe

    Persian Love Cake Recipe

    Ingredients 140 grs plain flour 60 grs sugar 9 grs baking powder Pinch of salt 3 eggs, separated 60 grs canola oil 80 ml water 1 tsp lemon peel ¼ tsp ground cardamom 8 strawberries or raspberries (sliced and optional) 25 ml whipping cream 60 grs fine sugar A good pinch of saffron 1 tbsp […]

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    Saffron Pear and Chocolate Tart Recipe

    Saffron Pear and Chocolate Tart Recipe

    Ingredients 1 cup caster sugar pinch (generous) of saffron 1 tbsp lemon juice 3 pears (preferably beurre bosc), peeled, halved, cored 200 ml thickened cream 10 star anise 350 g milk chocolate, broken into small pieces 2 tbsp brandy icing sugar, to dust Pastry: 230 g plain flour 2 tbsp caster sugar 110 g unsalted […]

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    Jewelled Persian Rice Salad Recipe

    Jewelled Persian Rice Salad Recipe

    Place This Jewelled Persian Rice Salad Centre Stage on Your Christmas Table BY KATE PARKER |  Ingredients 2 cups of basmati rice 1 tsp turmeric powder1 pomegranate, seeds removed1 cup dried cranberries4 radishes, finely sliced1 cup of almonds, roasted and roughly chopped1 medium red onion, finely diced½ tsp ground cinnamon½ tsp ground cumin1 handful of mint, roughly chopped Dressing2 tbsp pomegranate molasses2 tbsp olive oil1 […]

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Inspiration

Wherever you look, Persia is a mix of past, present and future. Experience the bustling bazaars and see the changing colours of the folded ochre mountains, the purple pop of saffron fields and minaret-silhouetted skylines. Everywhere you go, you’ll encounter warm, welcoming faces; feasting in a restaurant, walking the dynamic streets or admiring the ornate ceilings in a mosque. Smells of spices and baking bread lie thick in the air, while girls giggle, sing and weave. Iran is safe, friendly and warm; sharing tea in a Persian home is “Hospitality” defined. It’s an all-sensory experience set to a soundscape of awakening prayer calls, rattling teacups and bubbling water-pipes. Go where life is alive!

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    Iran – A different Point of View

    Iran – A different Point of View

    By Franz Scheurer The first time I went to Iran was to photograph the saffron and barberry harvests and I loved the place so much I went back… and I will be going back, again. Iran, portrayed as the baddie by western propaganda is nothing like it’s painted by malice and jealousy. What the west […]

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    10 Must-See Sites of Iran’s Historical Architecture

    10 Must-See Sites of Iran’s Historical Architecture

    By Jessica Stewart Persian Architecture Bursting with rich history, Iran’s architecture helps weave a tale of the country’s long, Persian culture. Decorative tile work and ingenious feats of engineering are hallmarks of Persian architecture throughout the centuries. And with twenty UNESCO World Heritage Sites, there is no shortage of monuments to visit. From elaborate mosques to […]

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    Ta’rof: The Dance of Honour Understanding Iranian Culture

    Ta’rof: The Dance of Honour Understanding Iranian Culture

    By Neil from Commisceo-Global First – How do we pronounce Ta’rof? Before getting into the cultural nitty gritty, lets first get the pronunciation right. If you’re British say “ta” (as in thanks) followed by “roff”. If you’re American, say “tar” as in the black gooey stuff, followed by “off” as in ‘get off’. If you’re […]

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    How to Bloom Saffron

    How to Bloom Saffron

    by Shadi at Unicorns in the Kitchen Learn how to bloom saffron once and forever. This technique is a no-fail and has been in Persian families for the longest time! There is so much you can do with bloomed saffron! This beautiful mystic spice is the star of many Persian dishes, and I’m going to […]

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    On Persian Cuisine

    On Persian Cuisine

    BY ELLIE CLEARY on Epicureandculture.com Think about travelling to Iran and your mind might jump to the country’s beautiful mosques, Silk Road Caravanserais and desert scenes. Compared to its architectural wonders, the food in Iran barely gets a look in. But that doesn’t mean that food and gastronomy are not a huge part of Iranian culture. […]

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    Iran – A different Point of View

    Iran – A different Point of View

    By Franz Scheurer The first time I went to Iran was to photograph the saffron and barberry harvests and I loved the place so much I went back… and I will be going back, again. Iran, portrayed as the baddie by western propaganda is nothing like it’s painted by malice and jealousy. What the west […]

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