Saffron threads, Flor de Sal and black pepper
Buy saffron threads with coupe quality for a competitive price. It is often described as "king of spices" and is certainly the most expensive spice in the world. We offer you high quality saffron threads to a reasonable and fair price.
Since Dec. 2012 we are offering as well a special pepper from Madagascar, a seasalt (Flor de Sal) from Portugal and Bourbon Vanilla.
The gourmet spice
Saffron, with its sweet smell reminiscent of honeyed hay, and glorious golden color, has long been prized throughout history as a delicious spice and a valuable golden-yellow food dye. Produced from a beautiful purple crocus, the parts used to make both spice and dye are the stigma and styles, tiny protrusions from the heart of the flower. So small are these parts that it takes between 50,000 and 75,000 flowers to produce one pound of the dried spice, making it no surprise that it is said to be worth its weight in gold!
Originating in Southwest Asia, it is now cultivated in large amounts in Iran, Spain, India, Greece, Azerbaijan, Morocco, and Italy. Iran accounts for nearly 94% of the world´s production, with the vast majority of it being produced in the southern regions of the country. Small cultivations are found throughout the world and can be seen in specialty markets, but these seven countries are the world´s largest producers of commercial azafran (spanish).
The spice that is cultivated for our use cannot be found in the wild; all of it produced now is from the domesticated strain called Crocus sativus. Selective breeding has resulted in the sterile strain that is our modern plants. Common autumn crocus, or Colchicum autumnale, has been mistaken for its domestic counterpart, sometimes with deadly results.
In addition to its wonderful taste and deep golden-hued dye, it possesses myriad healing properties. Saffron is proven to help with Alzheimer´s disease, depression, skin carcinoma, weight loss, PMS, breast cancer, and a host of other health issues. Documentation has been uncovered to show the use of the spice in treating more than 90 ailments over the course of 4,000 years.
It is also sees use as a fabric dye, in making perfumes, and it plays a large role in religion in India.
With so many beneficial properties, saffron is highly sought after and prized for its valuable assets. As with any prized possession, there are bound to be counterfeits. Use the information you´ll find here to learn all about the spice, from its botany to quality grading, and how to distinguish genuine saffron from imitations.