Which spice is the most expensive? The answer, of course, is Saffron. Saffron, simply, is the three dark red threads or stigma from Crocus sativus. 75,000 blossoms must be harvested for only one pound of saffron! The spice was discovered in Asia Minor and brought to Spain in the ninth century by the Moors.The blossoms are picked and gathered entirely by hand in the fall of the year across the world from Spain to Afghanistan, the current source of the world's best saffron.
At The Spice Diva, our saffron is purchased from a unique source, Rumi Spice. This eighteen month old company was founded by six American military veterans. They decided that the way to peace was through developing the saffron trade, and Rumi Spice was born.
Saffron has many culinary applications, the most famous of which is probably as an ingredient in Paella, the signature dish of Spain. Although its threads are red, they impart a gorgeous golden hue to anything from rice to fabric when they are used as a dye. It is used in everything from bouillabaisse to risotto to all sorts of baked goods. Ground saffron is not recommended. Rumi Spice sells a tea kit which blends saffron with Gunpowder Green Tea for an unusual and delicious taste. They are constantly ﬁnding new uses for this amazing spice. What uses can you imagine?