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Is your retailer proud of their saffron?

Recently, people seem to be bragging that they "found inexpensive saffron". The stories are all similar with a "I only paid $10 for this saffron". And of course here at Gourmet Delights we want you to pay realistic prices. But are you getting your money's worth?

"It is true thrift to use the best ingredients available and to waste nothing." - James Beard

Buying saffron involves knowing the quality of the saffron, not just the price paid. You get more flavor, and guaranteed 100% pure saffron filaments (no powder, no fillers), when you buy certified saffron from a trusted retailer like Gourmet Delights.

Are you aware that there is an worldwide grading system, an independent standard for grading saffron? The ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is not influenced by the producers, importers, distributors, or retailers. It is thus a VERY useful certification because it is not a marketing gimmick, it is a grading system that is monitored worldwide.

They grade saffron as follows:

  • Class I (UPC/Crocina greater than 190): stigmas only, all red saffron
  • Class II (UPC/Crocina 150-189): red sigmas connected to the end part of the style which is yellow or white
  • Class III (UPC/Crocina 100-149): red sigmas connected to the entire style

Class I of course is the best of the best with the highest flavor, color, and aroma. This is the only one we sell at Gourmet Delights, because you deserve only the best, purest, tastiest product available.

Anytime a supplier/retailer does not quote an ISO grade/Class I/UPC greater than 190, we get a little worried. That independent testing, and certification, gives you the confidence that you are buying "the real stuff" and not lesser, or even fake saffron (yes it does exist).

If we were selling the BEST saffron, and we are with a UPC of 282.01!!, then we are PROUD to give you the lab test results. This tells you, our customers, that our saffron is independently tested and graded, and certified to be the best of the best. If other retailers will not list their ISO rating.... what else are they hiding?

Saffron from La Mancha, Spain (Class I)
Saffron from La Mancha - 0.8 grams (Azafrán-Oro) Be the first one to write a review

Our Saffron tested at an incredible UPC of 282.01!!!

Pure Spanish Saffron Threads ISO graded Class I. Rated the Finest in Spain - La Mancha.

La Mancha Spain is famous for the highest quality saffron in the world. This saffron imparts an intense golden yellow color, wonderful flowery aromas, and impressive flavor to all your meals.

Azafrán-Oro, used by the world renowned chef Ferran Adria (el Bulli), regularly tests at over 240 UPC. This pure Spanish saffron is packaged in beautiful recycled glass jars and hand-sealed with wax. It is truly amazing stuff, we've never seen such high quality saffron. This harvest was spectacular in quality.

Although saffron cultivation does not use pesticides or chemical fertilizers, it is very difficult to certify as organic due to the significant costs to the small farmers who grow it.

Contains no soy, gluten, nuts, dairy, or genetically engineered ingredients.

  • Check out these tips for using saffron!

Some recipes:

0.8 gram beautiful recycled glass jars hand-sealed with wax.

Price: $19.95 Quantity

Santo Tomas D.O. Bomba Rice (500 gram)
Santo Tomas D.O. Bomba Rice (500 gram) Be the first one to write a review

The production of Bomba rice is limited as it is very delicate and hard to grow. Its size is equivalent to that of short grain rice, sometimes even smaller, yet Bomba rice more than doubles its size when it is cooked. Its main characteristics are its great capacity to absorb flavors and aromas, and that when cooked it is always “al dente”, loose, and whole; it is never sticky, mushy, or fluffy.

It is the preferred rice for paellas!

Certified origin (Denominacion de Origen a.k.a. "D.O.") from the L’Albufera nature preserve in Valencia, Spain.

1.1 pound (500 gram; approximately 6.2 cups) bag

Price: $14.95 Quantity

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