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Where to buy saffron in DC or VA

waghobha Mar 30, 2007 07:43 AM

Where can I buy saffron in DC or Virginia area?

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  1. Chocolatechipkt RE: waghobha Mar 30, 2007 07:53 AM

    Dean & DeLuca
    probably Whole Foods, though I've never looked
    Thomas Market in Wheaton

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      cleveland park RE: Chocolatechipkt Mar 30, 2007 08:11 AM

      A+H seafood (Bethesda)

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        dcs RE: Chocolatechipkt Apr 5, 2007 01:11 PM

        The Whole Foods in Clarendon definitely carries it. I've used their saffron in paella and it has worked out well. It's not cheap, though. Then again, nothing there really is.......

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        meimei RE: waghobha Mar 30, 2007 09:29 AM

        Wegman's organic section has a spice rack. Several not commen ones can be found at very reasonable price

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          esiotrot RE: waghobha Apr 5, 2007 12:59 PM

          If you're not looking for high quality saffron, Trader Joe's has small jars for $2.99. I use saffron occasionally in curries and rice dishes and that works well enough for me.

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            ExercisetoEat RE: esiotrot Apr 5, 2007 01:07 PM

            Trader Joe's definitely gets the low price award for saffron. I've never seen it anywhere else at even close to $2.99, and for use in rice or soup dishes, it works wonderfully.

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              MikeR RE: ExercisetoEat Apr 6, 2007 04:05 AM

              Apparently there's saffron for the saffron flavor and saffron for the color. Maybe they're from different varieties of plant (isn't it an orchid?) or one is a boy and the other is a girl. Anyway, it's the saffron-flavored saffron that's really expensive and saffron-colored saffron that's cheap. Of course it's so light that the cost per pound is gastronommical. ;)

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                Ilaine RE: MikeR Apr 27, 2007 05:48 PM

                Saffron comes from a purple crocus, crocus sativus.

                Each flower has three orange-red stigmas per plant. Cheaper saffron has the yellow styles intermingled with the orange-red stigmas, which contribute little of value except weight and volume, which are not of value to the purchaser.

                I've grown saffron crocus for home use. The climate of the mid-Atlantic region is favorable for saffron crocus. To remove the stigmas, it's best to use tweezers. Not at all difficult if you only have 50 or so crocus flowers, but if you're picking as fast as you can to make a buck, you probably don't carefully pick each stigma with tweezers.

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                  herbhusband RE: Ilaine Jul 5, 2010 04:09 PM

                  Yes avoid Saffron with the yellow Stamens! This is not how Saffron should be sold!

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            NoHun RE: waghobha Apr 5, 2007 01:12 PM

            Trader Joes.
            As others have written, it's quite inexpensive and tastes great.
            As with all T.J. products, if you aren't satisfied, they'll refund your money -
            no questions asked.

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              Elyssa RE: waghobha Apr 5, 2007 06:39 PM

              I've seen it sold at So's Your Mom in Adams Morgan. Not sure of the price or the quality. I bet you can get it at Dean and Deluca as well. They have an excellent spice selection.

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                rchrd112 RE: waghobha Apr 8, 2007 02:58 PM

                Patel Brothers off rt. 29 in Fairfax has it, as does a place called Bombay Foods (next to Bombay Cafe), which is one block west on the opposite side of the street from PB. Both places charge about a dollar a gram for saffron threads.

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                  MetroHound RE: waghobha Apr 8, 2007 07:23 PM

                  Costco at Pentagon City has small jars for 27 bucks

                  1. xnyorkr RE: waghobha Apr 9, 2007 07:09 AM

                    I bought a "relatively" large packet for $8.99 at a Persian market near Bailey's Crossroads. They have both Spanish and Iranian saffron, and contend that the Iranian is better. I don't know the name of the store, but it is a grocery in Culmore Center, west of Bailey's Xroads and more or less across from Charleston Alexander jewelers. I might also mention that international markets, particularly middle-east ones, sell saffron.

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                      Bodegadawg RE: xnyorkr Apr 25, 2007 11:58 AM

                      Handsdown, the best saffron that I have found is from www.saffron.com.I believe they are in San Francisco. They sell saffron from Iran. They also give you lots of stuff (swag) when you order.

                    2. Chocolatechipkt RE: waghobha Apr 26, 2007 08:10 AM

                      The new Penzey's store in Rockville has three kinds of saffron, if I remember correctly.

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