Saffron

What is saffron and where can you buy it?

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Discover what saffron is, where to shop for it, and how to use it in our ingredient glossary

What is saffron?

Saffron is the stigma (part of the reproductive system of a flower) from the crocus. Hand harvested, it comes in strands and is the most expensive spice by weight. Saffron imparts a vivid golden colour to food and its unique flavour is prized across Eastern Asia, Persia, the Middle East and the Mediterranean.

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Where to buy saffron

East End Saffron, £2.60/1g, Tesco

D.O. La Mancha Spanish Saffron, £10.99/1g, Amazon


Saffron recipes

Saffron risotto

This soothing risotto is delicious on its own, or served with a roast chicken and the roasting juices from the tin. An impressive entertaining idea, if you’ve got friends round for dinner.

An aerial shot of saffron-coloured risotto on a white plate

Crumbed asparagus with saffron yogurt

This asparagus idea is crumbed instead of battered, which helps retain a wonderful texture. The saffron yogurt is a simple version of an aïoli but Middle Eastern style.

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Breaded Asparagus Recipe with Saffron Yogurt

Preserved lemon poussin with tabbouleh and saffron yogurt

Check out this poussin recipe with preserved lemons. This easy dish makes a great alternative to any weekend roast recipe. Serve with freshly chopped tabbouleh salad and a smooth saffron yogurt.

Poussin Recipe with Preserved Lemons and Tabbouleh