Saffron, the most seductive and mysterious of spices, perfumed the halls of Crete’s palaces, made Cleopatra more alluring and decorated kings’ and queens’ dining tables in heavenly gardens of Persia.
Its subtle flavour, distinct aroma and vibrant colour evoke a distinct sensory experience which can be hard to describe — some say floral, some say it’s like honey, and some would say simply pungent. Saffron gives that distinctive bright yellow/orange colour and pungency to authentic risotto milanese, bouillabaisse, paella, and biryanis.
Friend & Burrell collaborates with the Zade family of Iran to produce and distribute the superb Zar Taj saffron. We’re proud to say our saffron is the finest available anywhere in the world – Iranian Sargol, 100% pure saffron, made up of the red stigmas from crocus flowers grown in traditional ways, all hand cut and separated prior to drying. Stigmas cut this way provide maximum flavour, aroma and natural colour in cooking and baking.