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Saffron Threads

The 4S Test to Buying the Best Saffron Threads

15.03.21 /

As Saffron Threads find their way into more kitchens, it’s key to remember one important thing: Not all Saffrons are created equal. How do you distinguish the cream of the crop from low quality ones? Use the 4S Test:

See: Top-quality saffron threads are dark red that may have a tiny yellowish tail while low-quality saffron may appear waxy.

Smell: The best saffron has a pungent smell due to high levels of Safranal and Picrocrocin while poor-quality ones will have almost no aroma.

Savour: If you pop a saffron thread in your mouth and it’s sweet, don’t buy it. Grade-A saffron will have a slightly bitter taste.

Stroke: Touch the saffron threads. If they stick together, walk away. Good saffron threads should be dry and don’t stick together.

For 100% guaranteed Grade-A saffron threads, visit Saffron and More. Our saffron threads hail from the saffron heartlands of Qaen, in the Khorasan province of northeast Iran. Guaranteed 100% organic and of premium quality.

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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.