BURLAP AND BARREL
Our saffron is cultivated in the deserts of the Herat province in western Afghanistan, on the border with Iran, where saffron has grown for thousands of years. Each flower produces only three stigmas, which are painstakingly extracted by hand and dried. Our saffron threads are pulled carefully from the flower, which leaves a characteristic flame-colored tail. That slight gradation in color is your assurance that our saffron is 100% pure and never dyed or otherwise adulterated. Our saffron threads are also uncommonly delicate, with a warm, honeyed fragrance reminiscent of dried roses and fresh hay.
• Origin: Herat, Afghanistan
• Process: Sun-dried
• Ingredients: 100% whole saffron threads (Crocus sativa)
• Tasting notes: Honey • Dried Roses • Fresh Hay
Size: 0.5 g Jar
- About the Brand
Burlap & Barrel founded by Ethan Frisch a native New Yorker, entrepreneur and activist around food systems and social justice. Ethan has worked in kitchens as a line cook and pastry chef in New York and London, and as the chef behind Guerrilla Ice Cream and Ori Zohar who is an experienced social entrepreneur and the co-founder of Burlap & Barrel, where he leads the company's domestic operations, eCommerce and finances. Burlap & Barrel is a Public Benefit Corporation building new international food supply chains that are equitable, transparent and traceable. They are working towards ending inequality and exploitation in food systems that disenfranchise skilled farmers by Connecting smallholder farmers to high-value markets, Educating consumers about the impact of product traceability on human rights and Sourcing unique foods with terroir that are grown biodynamically and organically using traditional techniques.
- How to Use
Saffron is a key element in cuisines from the Mediterranean to South Asia and is used in both sweet and savory preparations. It adds a distinctive floral flavor and golden color to fragrant rice dishes like paella, risotto and biryani, to frozen desserts like ice cream and kulfi, and to traditional teas. It is often paired with cardamom, pistachio and rosewater. Saffron is also said to have beneficial health properties, including increasing serotonin levels, reducing stress and anxiety and reducing hunger pangs.
• Steep a few threads in warm water when making crunchy baked rice
* Add a few threads to Pilaf. Soak a few threads in water and add to pilaf while cooking.
• Add a handful of threads when making paella
*Add a couple of threads to warm milk and drink after a few minutes. (Add a dash of turmeric too.)
• Add complexity to your ice creams, cakes and other desserts.
* Pairs well with: Cloud Forest Cardamom, Wild Mountain Cumin, Silk Chili Flakes
Origin: Herat, Afghanistan
Ingredients: 100% whole saffron threads (Crocus sativa)
Tasting notes: Honey • Dried Roses • Fresh Hay