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Blog / March 8, 2018

Saffron the Magical Spice – 5 Recipes that use Saffron

 – Saffron the Magical Spice –

Saffron, a spice derived from the flower of saffron crocus and the most expensive spice in the world. So what makes Saffron so expensive? There are only three saffron threads per flower and no mechanized way of separating them from the flower, talk about hard labor! It takes about 14,000 saffron threads just to produce only one ounce of saffron, which explains the hefty price tag on this spice. Besides the beautiful crimson color saffron adds to a dish, it´s also full of many health benefits, it´s loaded with potassium, vitamin A, calcium, vitamin D, vitamin B-12, vitamin C, Iron, vitamin B-6 and magnesium, among others. Either way you slice it, Saffron is a magical spice, check out the 5 recipes below that use the almighty saffron, and get a taste of ths amazing spice.

5 Recipes that use Saffron

Spain is heavy-weight favorite when it comes to saffron, it´s the spice that flavors the famous dish, Paella. Here are 5 Spanish recipes that use saffron that you have to try. First we have the popular Seafood Paella, loaded with flavors from the sea and always a hit. Second we have a Vegetable Paella, because we love vegans 🙂 . This vegetable paella is loaded with flavor and always a favorite among vegans and meat eaters. Third we have the tasty Catalan seafood stew, Zarzuela, this stew has an amazing combination of seafood and spices that bring a world of flavors to your palate. For our fourth recipe we have Arroz a Banda, which means ¨plenty of rice¨, this is a simple rice rish made of squid and shrimp, but still packing some incredible flavors. For our last recipe we have a Cauliflower and Cod Paella, loaded with amazing flavors and a favorite in the interior region of Valencia. All 5 of these recipes star the magical spice of Saffron, and give each dish a distinct color and flavor. Salud!

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Watch the featured Video Below on How to Make a Seafood Paella

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  1. Melinda

    Perfect timing. I was just thinking I need to use that saffron while it still has flavor!

    21 . Mar . 2018
    • Spain on a Fork

      Thanks for commenting Melinda 🙂

      21 . Mar . 2018
  2. Evi

    I love saffron and paella 🙂

    13 . Mar . 2018
    • Spain on a Fork

      Thanks for the comment Evi 🙂

      13 . Mar . 2018
  3. Tori//

    Wow, this is such an inspiring post. I can’t remember the last time I used saffron in anything so you’re definitely making me want to try all of this!

    09 . Mar . 2018
    • Spain on a Fork

      Thank you so much for the kind words Tori 🙂

      09 . Mar . 2018

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