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The Best Spices At Great Prices

Saffron & The Parsley Porch

 

Saffron is the most expensive spice in the world and by weight is 20% of the value of gold.  Culinary uses of saffron go back to the Bronze Age (1500 BC) and it was celebrated in many cultures across the known world.  Saffron comes Crocus sativum and the 3 red stigmas in the female portion of each flower.  Gathering saffron is extremely labor intensive as it takes 167 flowers to produce 1 gram and there are 80,000 threads in one pound.  Since it is so expensive it is the most “pirated” spice in the world as dishonest purveyors will add floral waste to increase the weight.  International law (ISO-3632) has lab tests for saffron quality.   The content of safranal, which gives the aroma and picrocrocin which gives the flavor and color results in ungraded, saffron 3, saffron 2 and saffron 1 which is the highest grade. The Parsley Porch sells ONLY saffron 1.  Picrocrocin readings of over 200 are necessary for this rating and we have sold saffron that measures 230+ on the ISO 3632 scale.  Having a Master’s +60 in biology, and having taught 41 years, I get this.  But what my customers care about is the coloring and taste.  Since saffron has been around for 3000+ years, TASTE is how many experts determine quality.  Similarly, we can express hot peppers in Scoville heat units but we know how a hot pepper is when we TASTE it.  If Parsley Porch saffron were not of the highest quality, our sales would not be what they are.  We have over 200 products at The Parsley Porch and saffron sales makes up about 10% our total business income.  Saffron 1 is commonly sold for about $11 /gram.  If you buy the “blister packs” at the checkout you pay $3+ for 3 grains.  While grains and grams are both units of weight, there are >15 grains = 1 gram and thus you pay $15 for a gram at the grocery store.  Parsley Porch saffron is $6.50 for 1 g and $12 for a 2 g vial.  We stand by our “catchphrase”…”The BEST Spices at GREAT Prices”.  Bon appetit!

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