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Hello all,

Looking to make paella, and in need of saffron. Any ideas where I can find it?

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  1. Often I buy mine at an Indian grocery store, rather than a foodservice wholesaler.
    They usually have the best price.

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    1. re: chefstu

      Dual Specialty Store 91 1st Avenue in EV, 212-979-6045 is one possibility. I buy cinnamon sticks, peppercorns, harissa, etc. there. Outer Boroughs may have even cheaper options.

      1. re: chefstu

        Either the Indian stores or if they exist near you, a Persian or Iranian market (for Iranian saffron which we can now get legally). Usually it's very good quality Spanish saffron, date marked, at about 1/4 to 1/10 the price of even Penzey's let alone supermarket or Trader Joe's, etc. prices. What I've seen of the Iranian saffron is usually a little more expensive but arguably somewhat better quality. I wish I could find a local source for Kashmiri saffron (Penzey's sells at ~$8+ / g or $225/oz!!) but so far, no luck...

        1. re: MikeG

          Kashmiri Saffron humm...i'll let you know when my Mom is going to send me. Maybe we can workout a deal ;)

      2. Kalustyan's, on Lex, b/t 28th & 29th Sts., carries saffron.

        1. trader joes! you get get them in thread form there.

          1. I got a small bottle of it from Citarella. Not sure if the quality was the best, but it made my paella taste great.

            1. Penzey's has three grades of saffron - check with the knowledgeable staff to determine which is best suited for your needs.

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              1. re: Striver

                Went to Kalustyan's, and picked up a small bottle of Spanish saffron. I made seafood paella for the first time, and it came out great! Thanks everyone for the great suggestions!

              2. saffron is also available at www.savoryspiceshop.com

                1. Order from Vanilla Saffron Imports
                  online at http://www.saffron.com/
                  Price and quality are good. For example
                  Afghan Saffron Threads 1 Ounce $79.95
                  They operate from and ship from San Francisco
                  My only interest is as a satisfied customer.