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Mar 30, 2007 07:43 AM

Where to buy saffron in DC or VA

Where can I buy saffron in DC or Virginia area?

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

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      1. re: Chocolatechipkt

        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.......

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

        1. 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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          1. re: esiotrot

            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.

            1. re: ExercisetoEat

              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. ;)

              1. re: MikeR

                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.

                1. re: Ilaine

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

          2. 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.

            1. 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.