Before making its way to the kitchens of professional chefs, home cooks and taking any dish next level, #saffron goes through a series of age-old sacred rituals as documented by Iranian chef and cookbook writer Najmieh Batmanglij. From cultivating saffron in the gravel and red clay fields of Qa’en in Northeast Iran to the special apron used by the pickers during harvest to the folk songs sang 🎶 and teas drank 🍵 while the golden saffron threads are separated by hand from the blooms themselves to tying everything in an intricate bouquet. So, the next time you enjoy a dish with saffron, remember that every thread represents the rich culture and history of loving people who made it their life’s work to share to the world the exquisite and irreplaceable flavours of this golden spice.
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