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Kajungee
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Saffron vs Zaffron


So I have been thinking of taking out second mortgage on the house to by a little Saffron to for a few recipes out that I have wanted to try out.
But every time I find it in store I wonder, at this price how long has this stuff been sitting on the shelf here. And I decide not to buy it.
A while back I notice at a Mexican store a spice called Zaffron, which looked just like Saffron to me. Bright red threads
Well the other day a found myself, on a very rare occasion at the local wal-mart.
I notice they carry the same Zaffron in the Mexican spice section. 99 cent for a bid ole bag. One aisle over Saffron $ 14.95 for a little envelope.

Anyone know anything about this Mexican Zaffron?
Is this the real thing? Or just a homegrown ragweed knock-off the red haired goodness





skygod123
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re: Saffron vs Zaffron
definition of zaffron

in all seriousness, the price difference has to do with where the spice is grown. mexican saffron is a lower quality and may be some tumeric hybrid, but the taste still has saffron qualities. expensive saffron is typically found in western/central asia and areas out on that side of the world...
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BankLSU
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Y.A. Tittle
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re: Saffron vs Zaffron
Look for a middle eastern store (any in BR? I'm not sure).

I buy it at Mona's Market in N.O. I can't recall where it's from, but it comes in a little plastic box about 1" square. Comes with enough threads to last me through 5-6 dishes. I use it primarily when making risotto, and will toss it in a few other things, if I think about it.

It's only about $6-7 and I don't know that it would necessarily be considered some sort of prized quality stuff, but it tastes perfectly fine to me, and seems to serve its purpose.

It's definitely labled Saffron (I want to say it's from Turkey, but I'm not positive).


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el tigre
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definition of zaffron



awesome!

Gee, if you find those for 99 cents hook a brotha up!!



skygod123
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re: Saffron vs Zaffron
not until you cook for me!


DaBeerz
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re: Saffron vs Zaffron
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Mexican Zaffron


schwag


el tigre
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not until you cook for me!


nut until you lose to a doorknob in Jeopardy!.


el tigre
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schwag


ha, nice.

you buy it from black dudes.


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skygod123
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nut
Freudian slip


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ThePlumber
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re: Saffron vs Zaffron
Could be safflower, I'm not sure though.

LINK

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An inexpensive imitation of saffron is sometimes called, Zaffron, which utilizes the safflower and is flavorless.


Cold Cous Cous
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re: Saffron vs Zaffron
I read somewhere that per oz, saffron is the most expensive commodity on earth. It seems like that has to be wrong though. Something like weapons grade plutonium has to be more expensive.


el tigre
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I read somewhere that per oz, saffron is the most expensive commodity on earth.


my love is MUCH more expensive.


Cold Cous Cous
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re: Saffron vs Zaffron
Don't you think it's weird how the words "priceless" and "worthless" have exact opposite meanings?


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BigAlBR
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re: Saffron vs Zaffron
Don't buy it. I fell for this trap and made a paella with zero saffron taste. It is not from a crokus. Again, do not buy this.


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