Saffron Threads: Premium Quality 1A Coupé - Crocus sativus
- Saffron Threads ISO Norm 3632-2
- 1A Coupé Sargol
- Saffron Threads available in 125g, 250g, 500g, or 1kg. Price available upon request via email: info@Orlandosidee.de
What are Saffron Threads?
Saffron Threads from Orlandosidee are of premium quality and graded as "1A Coupé." This indicates the highest quality category, with only the tips of the threads selected for their intense coloring power. Saffron threads are a spice derived from the delicate stigmata of the purple Crocus sativus flowers. Each flower produces three threads, which are harvested by hand. It takes between 80,000 and 150,000 flowers to obtain 1kg of this spice, and a picker can collect approximately 80g of saffron per day.
Where do Saffron Threads come from?
Saffron has its origins in West or Central Asia and has spread to the Mediterranean region. Today, it is cultivated in various regions worldwide. The quality of saffron depends on factors such as soil conditions and production techniques, including drying and storage. Iran is the largest producer of saffron, followed by Spain and Morocco.
Quality Standards of Crocus sativus
ISO 3632-2 is the international standard that specifies the quality criteria for Crocus sativus. It outlines the examination procedures and categorizes the saffron's color strength based on the crocin content.
International Standard ISO 3632-2 Categories and Values:
- 1A: >190
- 2: 150-190
- 3: 110-150
- 4: 80-110
Spanish Standard Categories and Values:
- Coupé: >190
- La Mancha: 180-190
- Rio: 150-180
- Standard: 145-150
- Sierra: <150
The quality of saffron is also determined by its aroma (Safranal) and bitterness (Picrocrocin). The Spanish standard sets the minimum requirements for these attributes:
Aroma (Safranal): >20
Bitterness (Picrocrocin): >70
To test the authenticity of saffron, a chemical test using soda can be conducted. Authentic saffron will turn the solution yellow, while adulterated saffron (possibly mixed with turmeric powder) will turn the solution red and cloudy. Genuine saffron threads can be identified by their funnel-shaped, rolled-up structure and notched scar legs, with a length of about 2-3 cm. When purchasing saffron, it is recommended to buy threads instead of powder and pay attention to these characteristics.
How should Saffron Threads be stored?
Keep your saffron threads in the provided screw-cap glass, tightly closed, in a cool and dry place, away from sunlight.
Culinary Uses of Crocus sativus
Crocus sativus, with its mildly bitter taste and distinct aroma, coupled with its vibrant orange-yellow color, is an exceptional spice. It is sparingly used in the preparation of dishes such as foie gras, candied lamb, and mussel gratins. One popular application is Risotto Milanese; you can find a recipe here.
How to Use Saffron Threads
Saffron threads can be soaked in water, milk, or butter for a few minutes to release their flavors. Once the liquid has turned evenly yellow, it can be added to the food. It is typically added towards the end of cooking to preserve the spice's aroma.
What Does Saffron Taste Like?
Saffron has a slightly bitter, tangy, and sharp taste. Its aroma is described as warm and distinctive.
Saffron is a versatile spice known for its flavor and ability to impart a bright yellow color to dishes. It is used in various international cuisines. Some popular uses include:
- Candied lamb
- Bouillabaisse (a classic French seafood fish soup)
- Shell gratin
- Milk rice
- Baked goods
- Paella (a Spanish rice specialty with seafood)
How to Store Saffron Threads
Store your saffron threads in the provided screw-cap glass, tightly closed, in a cool and dry place, away from sunlight. Proper storage will help preserve their quality and prevent fading.
For prices of saffron threads in larger quantities (125g, 250g, 500g, and 1kg), please contact us via email: info@Orlandosidee.de