How Much Is Iranian Saffron?
Because of it being insanely labour intensive this spice will not be cheap. Good quality unadulterated saffron usually cost from £6.00 per gram.
How To Prepare Saffron
To get the best out of this spice we recommend two methods:-
- Grind saffron and add the desired amount to 30-50 ml hot water and allow to brew for 10-15 minutes, then add to dish when it’s nearing cooking time. Remember good saffron never diffuses strong colour straight away.
- Grind saffron and sprinkle over one or two ice cubes then allow to melt slowly at room temperature. This method gives a more robust flavour and smell, you will also achieve a more intense colour.
Is Saffron Good For Pregnancy?
There is evidence that taking large quantities of saffron causes uterine contraction that may lead to miscarriage therefore it must be taken in moderation. It’s unheard of for people to use too much saffron, a little goes a long way, a pinch or two of saffron is enough for you to enjoy the benefits. For further information on the benefits and side effects of saffron during pregnancy continue reading at parenting.firstcry.com.
Does Saffron Spice Go Bad?
Saffron can stay safe for up to 4 years but it will lose its potency over time. If stored properly in a cool dark cupboard away from direct sunlight and heat then it will stay at best quality for 2 years.
Can You Use Any Crocus For Saffron?
You can only use the domesticated descendant of crocus, crocus sativus a.k.a. saffron crocus. It has purple petals, yellow stamens and 3 red stigmas.