Gift Guide: The World’s Most Expensive Spice
December 17, 2016
The snow is ferocious today; I’m looking out at a black and white world. Not a footprint -even the animals have gone into hiding.
All I want are sunny foods: lemon tarts, deviled eggs, a soothing bowl of avgolemono soup. But mostly what I want is something made with saffron. I’m about to cook up a classic risotto milanese, one of my favorite foods on earth; tonight I’ll fry the leftovers into crisp little arancini.
I can think of few kitchen thrills more appealing than using just a little more saffron than the recipe calls for, punching up the flavor and intensifying the color.
I love the elusive, slightly nutty taste of saffron. I love the glorious golden hue. And I would love anyone who sent me a saffron present.
Persian red saffron threads are considered the best in the world. You can find saffron in any spice store, and all over the web. I buy mine from a company called Vanilla Saffron Imports, which imports directly from Iran and packages beautifully.
At $80 an ounce, this is a truly luxe gift. On the other hand, saffron lasts a long time, and your friend will think of you every time she reaches for the canister.
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I’ve bought from that company repeatedly and their saffron is consistently great. Like it or not, Iran produces over 90% of the world’s saffron and probably almost all of the best.
This sounds wonderful, Ruth. I do have to mention that we routinely buy saffron at Trader Joe’s, very reasonably price and of reasonably good quality. Vanilla ice cream with saffron and pecans is a great dinner party favorite at our house.
Oh, sorry—meant to write pistachios, not pecans, although now that I think of it, pecans might be delicious also.
Happy Holidays to you, Ruth. I enjoy your books and all your writings tremendously.
What a great idea for a Christmas gift! We much enjoyed all the saffron we brought back from Iran and just a little bit makes such a difference in so many recipes.
Thank you so much for suggesting it.