Safran Insights: Answering Three Frequently Asked Questions


What are the benefits of using 360 Spices Saffron with your recipes?

Our Safran offers a variety of advantages in the kitchen, including:

Aroma and Flavor: Our Safran adds a unique aroma to your dishes or beverages. Its flavor is difficult to describe as it is very distinctive and complex. It imparts a warm, earthy, and slightly floral aroma with subtle spicy notes to your dishes or beverages. It also has slight bitter undertones. The taste is intense yet subtle and can be perceived in different nuances depending on its concentration and how it is used.

Natural Coloring: Our Safran imparts a bright yellow or orange color to your foods and beverages, making it a coveted natural coloring agent in the kitchen.

Use in a Variety of Dishes: 360 Spices' Safran can be used in a variety of dishes or beverages. Classics include paella, risotto, bouillabaisse, curry, and desserts like saffron ice cream and saffron cake.

Use in Beverages: Our Safran can be used in various beverages. Classic options include saffron tea and saffron milk, but it can also be used in lemonades, cocktails, and liqueurs.

Exclusivity: Safran is considered one of the most expensive spices globally, adding a touch of luxury to dishes. One kilogram of saffron costs 12,000 euros. Fortunately, only a few threads are needed for a dish, reducing the cost to only 4-6 euros.


How is Saffron best processed?

If you are just starting to experiment with saffron, here are some recommendations for its preparation. The most common way to use saffron in cooking is to add it to liquids like hot water, broth, or milk. Here are the steps to follow:

Grind the Saffron: Before using it, you can lightly grind the saffron in a mortar to release its flavor and color even more. There is no need to grind it too finely; simply break the threads into smaller pieces.

Hydrate the Saffron: Next, you need to hydrate the saffron in hot liquid. Take a small amount of saffron (usually a few threads, between 5 and 10) and place it in a small bowl. Add a few tablespoons of hot liquid, such as hot water or broth, to the bowl. Let the saffron soak in the liquid for at least 10-15 minutes. During this time, the saffron will release its flavor and color into the liquid.

Using the Saffron Liquid: Once the saffron is hydrated, you can add the liquid (along with the saffron) to your recipe. This will give your dish the characteristic flavor and color of saffron.


What are the health benefits of saffron?

In addition to its culinary uses, saffron is also used in traditional medicine for various health benefits. Here are some potential benefits for the body and mind related to saffron:

Mood Enhancement: Saffron may help improve mood and promote a sense of well-being. Saffron increases the production of serotonin and dopamine in the brain, leading to positive emotional changes.

Stress Reduction: Saffron can assist in reducing stress and promoting relaxation. It can have a calming effect and positively influence the nervous system.

Improved Cognitive Function: Saffron can support cognitive function and enhance memory. It can enhance concentration, attention, and mental performance.

Antioxidant Effect: Saffron contains antioxidant compounds that can protect the body from oxidative stress and damage caused by free radicals. This can contribute to the prevention of chronic diseases.

Anti-Inflammatory Properties: Certain components in saffron, such as crocin and safranal, may have anti-inflammatory properties. They can help reduce inflammation in the body and alleviate symptoms of inflammatory conditions.

Promotes Radiant Skin and a Healthy Complexion: Saffron can help maintain skin health and a beautiful complexion.

Supports Weight Management by Reducing Appetite: Saffron may help reduce appetite and, thus, contribute to weight regulation.

Aids Digestion and Alleviates Stomach Discomfort: Saffron can promote digestion and provide relief in gastrointestinal issues.

Acts as a Natural Aphrodisiac: Saffron is often considered a natural aphrodisiac and can increase libido.

Reduces Menstrual Symptoms and Cramps: Saffron can help reduce symptoms and pain during menstruation.

It is important to note that there are still limited clinical studies to conclusively support these benefits. Nevertheless, existing research conducted by institutions such as Harvard University or the National Institutes of Health (NIH), among others, shows promising approaches to using saffron for health promotion.

Furthermore, it is essential to ensure you purchase high-quality saffron.


If you have any questions, please feel free to send us an email at: info@360spices.com."