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Old 02-28-2006, 11:55 AM   #11
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GB 140-240 an ounce seems really high. I buy a lot of saffron. I can't remember when I ever ran out of it. Yes it's expensive but not that expensive. I am not debating the quality of Penzy's but I prefer to buy spices using my local mom and pop shops (Indian that is and even Chinese and Thai for that matter). I can smell spices, they are packaged nicely and they are so clean and of really good quality yet at affordable price. So I would say if you have the luxury of living in a city where there are ethnic neighbourhoods or stores, check them out and you will be surprised at what you find.

I buy a large tin container of saffron (sealed and very nicely packaged and it is from Spain) for around 50 dollars. I am not sure how many ounces ( I will check and report back). I suspect it has to do with Indian stores purchasing this in large volumes. We use saffron for almost all of our dishes. Rice pulaus, curries, most of our sweet confectionaries, desserts and even icecreams have saffron in it.

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Old 02-28-2006, 12:04 PM   #12
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I agree with Yakuta. I have also found that herbs and spices are less expensive in small ethnic markets. Not just saffron, but just about everything I've had the chance to compare. I'm not sure why that is. I don't think it's a volume purchase thing.

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Old 02-28-2006, 09:12 PM   #13
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If you Google on crocus sativus you'll find several sources for information and bulbs.

The Brooklyn Botanical Garden has some inseresting info on their page about saffron crocus including some info on growing conditions, etc.

One flower only produces 3 strands of saffron.

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