In ancient times, Saffron threads were scattered on beds and mixed in teas to cure melancholy.
In China and India, Saffron is used as a fabric dye for Buddhist monks’ robes.
Romans stuffed their pillows with Saffron threads to cure hangovers.
Saffron has three main components: crocin for colour, picrocrocin for flavour, and safranal for fragrance.
Dark red strands that may have a tiny yellow tail
Our saffron threads have a potent, earthy smell with hints of floral, citrus and honey. A one-of-a-kind spice with a distinctive scent sitting somewhere between sweet and savoury.
The taste of saffron threads is hard to pin down; it’s different for everyone, but most agree on slightly bitter. You may experience it as highly-bitter, semi-sweet or extremely floral with musky, mushroomy, pungent and fresh notes. One thing for sure, it’s unique.
How to use
Before you use your saffron, prepare it to release max colour and flavour. First, make sure it’s genuine: check the colour (the redder, the better) and smell it (sweet and floral.)
Once you’re sure it’s the real thing, select the amount you need to crush; one generous pinch is about 10-15 threads. Put the threads in a mortar and pestle and grind them. To unlock its flavour, soak your crushed saffron in a little warm water for at least 15 minutes. Then, use as per your recipe. Note: Saffron is water soluble not fat soluble, so make sure you infuse it in a little water before adding to other liquids.
How to store
Put your saffron threads in an airtight container, in a dark dry place at room temperature (no need to refrigerate.) Remember – light rays oxidise the pigments in saffron and will neutralise its flavour.
Saffron is vitamin and mineral-rich. This red gold has proud properties as an antidepressant and an anti-suppressant; it helps lift mood and mental focus while lessening snack cravings. Saffron also fights macular degeneration, menstrual disorders and improves sexual dysfunction.
Floral & Spice
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This standout, Grade-A, 100% organic, red gold has the highest aroma and colour-point. Add to rice and broths or infuse in tea, oil or spirits.