What is Saffron?
Crocus sativus L., otherwise known as saffron, is one of the most expensive spices in the world. As a rule of thumb, the deeper the color of saffron threads, the better the quality. Deep red with orange tips is considered to be the best. Real saffron threads are fine and evenly sized, with a thin yellow tendril on one end and what looks like a flute on the other side. The color of saffron threads is a deep red. The highest quality saffron threads have the most minimal yellow stem and the highest amount of crocin, one of saffron's key essential oils.
A round up of our favorite saffron recipes with saffron threads via an Afghanistan co-op. Shipped as saffron threads, for grinding by hand before use. Steep 1-2 strands to flavor an entire pot of rice, or add to risottos, pilafs or vegetable dishes for a beautiful color & flavor.
How To Make The Best Saffron Risotto
One pinch of saffron threads adds a luxurious, bright, lovely golden color and smell to a pot of saffron risotto - we'd eat this daily if we could. Full recipe here.
Saffron Tea With Ginger & Honey
All you need is freshly ground saffron threads, water & fresh ginger to make this super healthy, refreshing saffron tea. Full recipe here.
Saffron Sponge Cake
This delicate saffron cake combines saffron threads, pomegranates and the light, cloudlike sponge cake for a deliciously light, beautiful dessert. Full recipe here.
How To Make Tachin (Persian Saffron Rice)
Strips of fragrant saffron threads gives this recipe an amazing flavor. Full recipe here.
Swedish Saffron Buns
These Swedish saffron buns are known as Lussebullar, in Sweden and are made in kitchens all over the country in honor of St. Lucia's Day, also known as the Festival of Light. Full recipe here.
Saffron Rice Pudding
This sweet pudding has Persian roots with a delicate aromatic flavor drawing from the use of saffron and rose water. Full recipe here.