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PERSIA ON YOUR PLATE

Bring zest and vivacity to your culinary
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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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    Saffron Lemonade Recipe

    Saffron Lemonade Recipe

    Ingredients 6 cups water, + extra for saffron 3-1/2 cups superfine sugar 2 cups lemon juice 2 quarts ice cubes 1 teaspoon saffron threads *8 oz. Vodka may be added to make this an alcoholic drink Method In small stock pot, bring the water to a full boil. Set aside. In a sauce pan, melt […]

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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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    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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    Persian Herb Omelette with Shirazi Salad Recipe

    Persian Herb Omelette with Shirazi Salad Recipe

    Meet the gorgeous looking #persian #frittata sooo easy and quick to make with loads of green herbs in this versatile omelette🍳#parsley #coriander #shallots #whipped eggs #walnut #barberry #KookooSabzi is excellent eaten any time of  the day!  Yummy and easy to serve, check out the recipe on the last shot. Happy #baking #cooking folks. Ingredients Persian […]

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    Persian Saffron Chicken Kebab Recipe

    Persian Saffron Chicken Kebab Recipe

    Thinking of making something special this weekend? Make your own version of this super popular and easy to make Persian chicken kebab. Effortless and oh-so-good! A little bit on the tangy and zesty side, serve this joojeh kabab grilled chicken BBQ right off the grill –  perfect combination with aromatic saffron rice, grilled vegetables, and […]

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    Trout with Orange Saffron Sauce Recipe

    Trout with Orange Saffron Sauce Recipe

    Ingredients 1/2 cup white wine 1/2 cup orange juice A healthy pinch of saffron, crumbled A healthy pinch of sugar 1 shallot, minced Salt 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 1/2 pounds tender greens, such as spinach 5 tablespoons unsalted butter or vegetable oil, divided 3 tablespoons of water Grated zest of an orange Salt to […]

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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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    Pistachio Walnut & Fig Cookies Recipe

    Pistachio Walnut & Fig Cookies Recipe

    Ditch your usual chocolate chip cookies (at least for now) and try this Pistachio, Walnut and Fig Cookies courtesy of epicurean master Franz Scheurer! #DriedPersianWildBaby Figs gives the recipe multi-layers of sweetness with flavours of nectar, caramel and even some savoury notes. The #PistachioPaste adds rich nutty and buttery flavours that will delight the palate. […]

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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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    Barberry Jam Recipe

    Barberry Jam Recipe

    Raspberry Jam, Strawberry Jam, Blueberry Jam — berries are a staple in the pantry of home cooks who like making their own jams. But what if you’re craving for a jazzed up jam that is outside of your usual? You’ve just found the recipe you’re looking for: #Barberry Jam! Iranian dried barberry which you can […]

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    Persian Cupcake Cake Yazdi

    Persian Cupcake Cake Yazdi

    Treat yourself to a gastronomic journey to Iran with every bite of this Persian delicacy! Taking its name after the city of Yazd, the capital of Yazd province in Central Iran, it’s a cupcake that keeps you salivating for more with its rich saffron flavor, sweet note of vanilla, fragrant rose water, and crunchy pistachio […]

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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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    Fun Fact: In Persia, Babies Are Rolled in Rose Petals

    Fun Fact: In Persia, Babies Are Rolled in Rose Petals

    Did you know fun fact in Persia it’s a 400 year old tradition to roll newborns in their first spring of their life in freshly-cut rose petals to prevent disease, improve their lungs and respiratory system and bring freshness and happiness to their lives 👶💪  Their mother, grandmother, and aunties pick lots of fresh and […]

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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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    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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    Fun Fact: Seven Dates a Day Keep the Doctor Away

    Fun Fact: Seven Dates a Day Keep the Doctor Away

    We’ve all heard of the proverb “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” But #didyouknow that in terms of #healthbenefits, the #dates can rival the apple for the top spot? In fact, the Muslim equivalent of the apple proverb is “seven dates a day keeps the doctor away.” Islamic literature suggests that the Prophet […]

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    Nutty Yumminess with Every Morsel of Slivered Pistachios

    Nutty Yumminess with Every Morsel of Slivered Pistachios

    It’s good to have a stash of #sliveredpistachios from #saffronandmore ready to go for days when you’re craving for extra crunch and nuttiness. A lot of love went into these yummy green emeralds from Iran — handpicked pistachios are sun-dried, roasted, colour-sorted and sliced thinly to perfection. Definitely a favourite among home bakers and patisseries […]

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    Stuffed Dates: The Blissful Marriage of Flavours and Texture

    Stuffed Dates: The Blissful Marriage of Flavours and Texture

    Love the classic combination of fruit and nut? Then your taste buds will definitely swoon over #SaffronAndMore’s #StuffedDates! Imagine sinking your teeth into sweet, plump and gooey Persian dates then being deliciously greeted with nutty and crunchy Iranian pistachios and almonds. They’re a snacker’s dream as every bite is the perfect marriage of flavours and […]

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    Let the Sweetness Flow with Date Syrup

    Let the Sweetness Flow with Date Syrup

    Enjoy one sweet day after another with #SaffronAndMore’s #DateSyrup! Made with not one, not two, but four top-quality Persian dates freshly harvested from the hot-climate groves of Khouzestan in the south of Iran. The result? A dark gold culinary elixir that is not only sweet but also complex, sophisticated and undoubtedly delicious. Incorporate it in […]

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    Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth without Guilt Using Date Syrup

    Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth without Guilt Using Date Syrup

    Sweet tooth? Then listen to this — #Didyouknow that aside from raw honey, pure and all-natural #datesyrup like the one available on #SaffronAndMore is a great alternative to refined sugar? It sits low on the glycemic index and has lower fructose content versus other natural sweeteners. It’s also a nutrient powerhouse and is packed with […]

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    The World’s Love Affair with Pistachios is as Old as Time!

    The World’s Love Affair with Pistachios is as Old as Time!

    #NuttyFact: When we talk about the world’s love long-standing love affair with pistachios, we often think of the Middle East. But #didyouknow that the pistachio craze was already a global phenomenon since hundreds of years ago? Here’s a great example: In ancient Rome, a cookbook that was compiled in the 1st century A.D. — yep, […]

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    Is Saffron Rock Candy the Sweet Secret of Ancient Persian Medicine?

    Is Saffron Rock Candy the Sweet Secret of Ancient Persian Medicine?

    Fun Fact Alert — Almost all of us grew up loving candies. But #didyouknow that in Iran, a particular type of candy isn’t only enjoyed as a sweet treat or used as a beverage sweetener but also plays an important role in traditional Persian medicine as well? #RockCandy a.k.a. Nabat, is said to have a […]

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    Fun Fact: In Korea, The Sound of Cracking Pistachios Drive Evil Spirits Away

    Fun Fact: In Korea, The Sound of Cracking Pistachios Drive Evil Spirits Away

    FunFact Alert: Here’s stating the nutty obvious — the world loves pistachios! In many cultures, pistachios are a part of many rituals and celebrations. Here’s something interesting — in Korea, during the celebration of the Full Moon Day or “Daeboreum” friends and families gather together to eat pistachios. The Koreans believe that the sounds made […]

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