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Old 12th April 2011, 20:42   #1 (permalink)
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Saffron prices

Hi folks ,

Would anyone know what price Saffron is selling for at the moment in
the local markets .
I have been asked to bring some back for a local chief on my next trip out in May and have no idea of current prices ...

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Re: Saffron prices

Depends on what your chef is expecting, but we find that the Turkish safran is much much weaker than the Spanish. You really do need a good handful to get either colour or taste in your cooking. A mere pinch of the Spanish is enough and is stronger than anything we've seen in Turkey.
We normally buy at abt €3,50 for 1gram in Europe (outside of Spain), of course, much cheaper if you're buying the same stuff in Spain..............

I seriously wouldn't think of buying the stuff from the local markets in Turkey if you're a serious chef......... (my thoughts based on the markets in and around Bodrum)
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Re: Saffron prices

I'd agree with the previous comment, the saffron I saw at the markets at Turkish coastal resorts was quite disappointing. I don't know if there are special markets inland or nearer the Iranian, Syrian border that sell pure saffron (strands) not some coloured powder (like I was sold on my 1st trip to Turkey, assuring me it was saffron when it wasn't!).

Some of the best saffron comes from Spain and available more competively priced at Asian stores. I just checked I have some 1 gram and 2 gram boxes of pure saffron, both from Spain, both bought in the U.K from asian store, cannot recall the price but it was reasonable, not like the tiny stuff they sell in supermarkets. If you have any such stores nearby in Ireland, I'd try those than the turkish variety as your chef friend may be disappointed if you do not get the pure thing.
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Re: Saffron prices

I must say I was always happy with the Saffron which I used to bring back home, but one day I purchased a jar of Schwartz saffron and my goodness the difference in quality, the Schwartz purchase was far superior and 50 times the price, although I can't remember where it actually came from but also there was only about 3 or 4 small pinchfulls in the jar, whereas the Turkish saffron was purchased by the pound which could have probably be related to about 2,000-3,000.

One of the cheaper varieties are actually laced with Turmeric to add strength to the colour (the poor man's saffron)

TBH, some or even most people can't tell the difference between Turmeric and Saffron except Turmeric only comes in ground form.
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Re: Saffron prices

From my experience do not buy the saffron on offer around Bodrum and Gumbet markets - DON'T. It's rubbish, and just not like the real thing. Plus it was full of little crawly bugs. Went straight into the bin.
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I agree with the previous posters - if you want the taste of Saffron, rather than just the colour, you need to buy the small packets of Iranian Saffron rather than the Turkish product. Yes, much more expensive but there really is no comparison.
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Re: Saffron prices

genuine saffron is the most expensive spice...but is cheap here because its not pure..its just a colouring agent.
a word of warning ..dont buy spices in a market where they are in big containers which are open
..the spices are often full of fly eggs..and sooner or later they will hatch...like Ted found out
another tip keep flour in the fridge once the packet has been opened..same goes for spaghetti and similar products.
i forgot my own advice last summer and in august found a drawer where i had an open packet of lasagne crawling with black weevils.
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there was a programme on tv recently about saffron, showing where it came from, and the people harvesting it. i think they only had about a month in which to collect the flowers and the whole village would come out, children too.
and i think they said that to see if it was the genuine saffron when buying it was, if you dropped a few strands in water and it kept it's colour, it was the real thing. if it was mixed with turmeric the colour would come off.
this is an article about saffron.

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Re: Saffron prices

Thanks for all you replys , some good information which always welcome.
Last time i bought some was when in Istanbul and found myself in a very large outdoor market selling all fresh veg , spices , plants etc.
The same chief thought the quality was 1st class but mybe i need wait and not buy locally in Bodrum ..
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Re: Saffron prices

The last time we bought it was Iranian saffron and it was about 11tl a gram, that was from Mumcular market.

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