How To Enjoy More Saffron

Saffron is appearing in an increasing number of shelf food products.

 Saffron crocus

Saffron crocus

Saffron is a beautiful fragrant, red spice from a flower that grows primarily in the Eastern Mediterranean. It's appearing in an increasing number of shelf food products.

The red stigma of the saffron crocus is used for spicing food, in medicine and as a coloring agent. It's a pricy spice due to the labor intensive harvesting process. It is mostly cultivated by hand and an estimated 75,000 flowers are needed to produce just 1 lb. For this reason, the price of saffron is generally quite steep. Saffron has a few health benefits. Research suggests it can treat depression, support eyesight, improve memory, and treat cancer. Read more on Livestrong. Saffron contains medicinal substances such as vitamin B 2; crocin, a yellow flavonoid; picrocrocin, a bitter glycoside, and safranal, a volatile, aromatic compound.


From Vocabulary: Saffron is a deep yellow-orange colored spice that's commonly used in Middle Eastern and South Asian food. ... This color itself is also called saffron. The word saffron comes from the Old French safran, by way of the Medieval Latin safranum, ultimately from the Arabic root az-za'faran. Source.


As an ingredient in food, it adds an aromatic scent and unique flavor that is a bit hard to describe. Words used to describe it include: floral, sweet like honey, pungent. It commonly appears in dishes like saffron rice, paella, and arancini. It's also trending as an ingredient in food products on the shelf. 

We found three unique products with saffron: a jam, a cider and a no salt spice blend. All three options are really tasty and the saffron comes through. To get more saffron in your diet everyday, go with the spice. Sprinkle it on everything! 

 Luscious saffron jam from Le Bon Magot

Luscious saffron jam from Le Bon Magot

 Finn River Saffron Cider (6.5% alcohol content by volume)

Finn River Saffron Cider (6.5% alcohol content by volume)

 Tastic No Salt with Saffron

Tastic No Salt with Saffron

Shop food and spice with saffron on Treatmo iOS App. If you're local to Seattle farmers markets, you'll find samosa's with saffron for pick up. 

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