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Saffron Threads

Saffron Threads are the dried stigmas of the saffron crocus flower. Saffron is the most expensive spice in the world because each crocus produces only three stigmas, which are laboriously hand harvested during only three weeks of the year.

  • Deep red-orange threads add a brilliant yellow-orange color to food

  • Adds a unique, bitter almond-like flavor and aroma

  • Product of Spain

  • D'allesandro
    Price: $108.18
    $108.18 / Ounce

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    Suggested uses

  • Delicate flavor compliments light meats, fish and poultry

  • Frequently used to season pilaf, Italian risotto and Mexican rice

  • Gives bouillabaisse its characteristic heady aroma and golden color

  • Often added to baked goods like saffron buns, a traditional part of Swedish Christmas meals

  • Saffron loses its flavor after long periods of cooking, so it is best added to a dish near the end of preparation

  • Basic prep

    Ready to use. Add to taste. For best flavor and color, lightly toast threads in a dry pan to release their essential oils and then grind prior to use. When adding threads to dishes with very little liquid, soak saffron first in lukewarm water and add at the end of cooking.

    Storage & handling

    Store in a dry, cool place.

    Ingredients

    Saffron threads

    Classic recipe

    Classic Risotto alla Milanese

    This classic Northern Italian dish, which is traditionally served alongside veal osso buco, is among the best-known uses for both saffron and short-grain, high-starch white rice varieties like Arborio, Carnaroli and Vialone Nano.