Saffron - Information and Spice Variations

Saffron is the most expensive spice by weight. Saffron threads are the stigmas of a small purple crocus - each flower produces only three threads, which must be picked and sorted by hand. It takes over 75,000 flowers to produce a pound of saffron. Fortunately, a very few threads are all you need for most recipes. A gram contains enough threads for a dozen or more uses.

Saffron's golden color can be imitated by cheaper spices such as safflower and turmeric, but its rich and delicate flavor is inimitable. Throughout history dishonest spice merchants have cut their pure saffron with safflower, marigold petals, and turmeric - even today people buying saffron at souks in Morocco or the Middle East risk buying an adulterated product. If you find saffron being offered at very low prices, chances are it's not really saffron at all.

The Spice House carries the top two grades of Spanish saffron, Superior and Coupe. Both provide an excellent flavor, but for the ultimate in golden color, the Coupe is unbeatable. We also offer powdered saffron in 5 gram vials.

Superior Grade Spanish Saffron


Although other substitutes can provide a rich golden color, saffron has a distinctive flavor for which there simply is no substitute. Most recipes …

Coupe Grade Spanish Saffron


Not always available because of its rarity, this is the highest quality of saffron from the top country of origin. All the threads have been hand-sel…

Superior Grade Spanish Saffron, Powdered

The reason saffron is the highest-priced of spices is because of the intensive hand labor required to cultivate and harvest it. It is the stamen of a…