Rose of Saffron Festival - Spain

The Rose of Saffron Festival is celebrated each year on the last complete week-end in October coinciding with the harvest of the flowers. The thought of paella, that most distinctly Spanish cooking tradition, conjures appetizing visions of gold tinted rice. What gives Spain’s most famous rice get its unique color? Its special ingredient, Saffron. Saffron is a spice that comes from the dry stamens of the rose of saffron, a plant that has been grown since antiquity in India, Iran, and around the Mediterranean. The unique spice gives dishes an unmistakable flavor and a bright yellow color. Spain is one of the main producers of saffron, which is also known as “red gold” given the high price of t

Must Try Recipe : Vegan Saffron Risotto

Ingredients 1 large leek 1 small bulb fennel Stock: 1 cup dry white wine 2 medium carrots, roughly chopped 1 celery stalk, roughly chopped 3 cloves garlic, smashed Three 3-inch strips of peel from 1 orange 4 sprigs parsley 2 sprigs thyme 1 bay leaf Kosher salt 5 whole black peppercorns Risotto: Large pinch saffron 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil Kosher salt 1 tablespoon tomato paste 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce 1 clove garlic, finely chopped Pinch cayenne pepper 2 cups Arborio rice 1 cup dry white wine One 14.5-ounce can whole peeled plum tomatoes, drained and roughly chopped 1 cup loosely packed fresh parsley leaves, chopped 4 tablespoons nutritional yeas Directions Separate the w

6 Health Benefits of Saffron

Here's a list of 6 benefits of saffron and ways to serve this culinary treasure. Saffron is a small, bulbous, perennial spice, a member of the lily family. To produce saffron, the stigmas [the part of the flower which catches pollen] must be painstakingly handpicked, cut from the white style and then carefully laid on a sieve and cured over heat to deepen the flavor- a process so labor intensive that saffron is the most expensive spice in the world. Currently saffron is commercially produced in Iran, Greece, Morocco, Spain, Kashmir and Italy. Iran is the most important producer of saffron both, in terms of volume and quality, and Spain being the largest importer of the spice. Healing B

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