Frequently asked questions
What is saffron?
Saffron is a spice. It derives from the flower Crocus Sativus. Saffron are the stigmas (threads) of the flower, which are hand picked and dried. For more information look here.
How do you use saffron?
Saffron can be used in different ways. The culinary purpose is best known. You can use it in many dishes that involve stewing, frying, baking, roasting or marinating. Look at Culinary use for more information.
Where does saffron come from?
Saffron is cultivated in different parts of the world. The climate needs to be dry and warm. That is why you will find saffron from countries like Spain, Iran and Afghanistan.
What is the healing power of saffron?
It is said that saffron had medicinal value. It can help with fatique, stress, depression and hangovers. For more information look here
What are saffron strands?
The strands are the stigmas of the flower and that is the saffron we use. When it is hand picked, the stigmas, strand or threads are dried after which it is ready for use.
What is saffron good for?
Saffron is good for many things. Culinary wise it gives you a lot of flavour and makes the food smell amazing. Saffron can also be used in a medicinal way to help with stress or depression.
What is saffron tea?
Saffron tea is hot water infused with saffron. This gives you a wonderful yellow tea with a full on saffron flavour and smell.
What does saffron taste like?
Saffron has several tasting notes: semi-sweet and honey-like, floral, fresh like the sea, musky or for some even mushroomy, earthy, hay like or bitter. Everyone seems to experience it differently.
What does saffron smell like?
It has a floral hay-like sweet smell.
What can saffron be used for?
It is used in the kitchen to give extra flavour, smell and colour to dishes. But it can also be used in a medicinal way. See point 4. And even the industry uses it as a natural colouring agent.
How to grow saffron?
The soil where you want to grow the Crocus has to be moisture permeable. Planting bulbs is done in rows. Then a slot is dug from 10 cm to 15 cm deep. Then the bulbs are planted with the point upwards. The distance between the lines should be 15 cm. The distance between the bulbs should be 10 cm to 20 cm. You can leave the bulbs in the ground for 4-5 years. And they will flower every year. After 5 years the maximum yield has been reached and you can dig up the bulbs.
How do you cook saffron rice?
For the recipe please click here or look at our saffron recipes from around the world.
Which saffron is the best?
Saffron is not all of the same quality and strength.
Saffron from Iran, Spain and Kashmir is classified into various grades according to the relative amounts of red stigma and yellow styles it contains. Grades of Iranian saffron are: “sargol” (red stigma tips only, strongest grade), “pushal” or “pushali” (red stigmata plus some yellow style, lower strength), “bunch” saffron (red stigmata plus large amount of yellow style, presented in a tiny bundle like a miniature wheatsheaf) and “konge” (yellow style only, claimed to have aroma but with very little, if any, colouring potential).
Grades of Spanish saffron are “coupé” (the strongest grade, like Iranian sargol), “mancha” (like Iranian pushal), and in order of further decreasing strength “rio”, “standard” and “sierra” saffron. The word “mancha” in the Spanish classification can have two meanings: a general grade of saffron or a very high quality Spanish-grown saffron from a specific geographical origin. Real Spanish-grown La Mancha saffron has PDO protected status and this is displayed on the product packaging.
Countries, like Afghanistan, producing less saffron do not have specialised words for different grades and may only produce one grade.
In addition to descriptions based on how the saffron is picked, saffron may be categorised under the international standard ISO 3632 after laboratory measurement of crocin (responsible for saffron’s colour), picrocrocin (taste), and safranal (fragrance or aroma) content.
Arya Saffron has been tested and the results show that Arya is among the best quality there is.
What is saffron milk?
Saffron milk is milk with a few added saffron strands. You can best heat up some milk and add the saffron and some sugar. Simmer until milk is golden. Then serve.