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Jun 5, 2009 02:11 PM

seeking saffron

Can someone advise me where to purchase reasonably priced saffron in San Francisco or the bay area?

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  1. I got my last tin at Vik's in Berkeley - I think it was around $40. The also have saffron at Milan's on University.

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      1. re: Zeldog

        1 oz....guess it's not the real thing though :(
        I've used it and been happy with the results.

        1. re: mochimunchie

          If you are sure it is an ounce, it is about half what penzey's charges. I really haven't seen it for $200

          1. re: wally

            yes, it's an ounce...comes in a nice tin...from Spain...imported by Vik's.
            I think it is just a lower grade as I do need to use a generous pinch to get the level of saffron flavor I want. Still, it works fine for me.

            1. re: wally

              The Penzey on line catalog has .25oz high grade Spanish saffron at $81.99.

        1. Trader Joe's sells 0.7 gram for about $5. Not a great price, but no complaints about the quality.

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          1. re: Zeldog

            That's about $200/oz, sounds fair.

          2. Penzey's spice house in Menlo Park sells a few different varieties. As I recall they went up in price depending on the quality. They have a pretty detailed description of each in the store but I can't recall the exact details right now. I bought a middle tier Spanish one that was great, much stronger flavor than the stuff from Trader Joes.

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              Penzeys Spices
              771 Santa Cruz Ave, Menlo Park, CA 94025