Foods of the World Forum Homepage
Forum Home Forum Home > Other Food-Related Topics > The FOTW Farmer's Market
  New Posts New Posts RSS Feed - Affordable Saffron
  FAQ FAQ  Forum Search   Events   Register Register  Login Login

This site is completely supported by donations; there are no corporate sponsors. We would be honoured if you would consider a small donation, to be used exclusively for forum expenses.



Thank you, from the Foods of the World Forums!

Affordable Saffron

 Post Reply Post Reply Page  <12
Author
Message
AK1 View Drop Down
Master Chef
Master Chef
Avatar

Joined: 10 April 2012
Location: Ontario, Canada
Status: Offline
Points: 1091
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote AK1 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 April 2012 at 18:04
Interesting.  Thanks.

Perhaps I'll go back & ask a few questions.

Originally posted by HistoricFoodie HistoricFoodie wrote:

Perhaps so, Darko. And if so, that's really great.

I'd like to know where they're getting it, though. My price is $2.80/gram when I buy in bulk.
.
There are a couple of other possibilities you should be aware of.
 
One is quality. In those small quantities you probably don't have an ISO breakdown (or the Spanish equivilent). But you can roughly tell quality by the percentage of yellow tendrils; the higher the percentage of yellow the lower the quality.
 
There is a bigger problem, though, and it's appeared primarily through Indian and some Mid-eastern outlets: counterfeit saffron. I forget exactly where it comes from, but it's not quite the same thing even though it looks the same. Part of the problem is that the retailer might not know himself that it's counterfeit, and is dealing in good faith.  
 
At least you aren't being ripped off, though. A lot of the counterfeiters are selling it at regular saffron prices; like 12 bucks or so for those little vials.
Back to Top
AK1 View Drop Down
Master Chef
Master Chef
Avatar

Joined: 10 April 2012
Location: Ontario, Canada
Status: Offline
Points: 1091
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote AK1 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 May 2012 at 18:05
Well, I went back to get some more. Alas the price is now $3.99 per gram. It's Sun brand from Spain, and the proprietor assured me he gets it from the  official Canadian distributor.  Last batch I used to make some paella, out of the whole gram I used, I saw maybe 5 yellow tendrils.  It's looking pretty good so far.
Back to Top
HistoricFoodie View Drop Down
Master Chef
Master Chef


Joined: 21 February 2012
Location: Kentucky
Status: Offline
Points: 4155
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote HistoricFoodie Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 May 2012 at 18:11
Why "alas" Darko?
 
If it's good stuff---and apparently it is---$3.99/gram is still a very good price. That would work out at about $114/oz.
Back to Top
AK1 View Drop Down
Master Chef
Master Chef
Avatar

Joined: 10 April 2012
Location: Ontario, Canada
Status: Offline
Points: 1091
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote AK1 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 May 2012 at 21:42
What can I say? $2.99 was betterSmile

Then again, when I went  to buy more, they had Jaggery!!! So I bought some for $2.69 per kilo.
Back to Top
 Post Reply Post Reply Page  <12
  Share Topic   

Forum Jump Forum Permissions View Drop Down



This page was generated in 0.031 seconds.