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Jun 29, 2011 02:13 PM

South Bay sources for high quality saffron threads?

Anyone have a good source for high quality saffron threads in the South Bay? Not looking for large quantities, as I want to make sure I wind up using it on a regular basis before springing for an ounce... for now I think 1 to 5 grams will do. I saw what I think was a 1g box at Bharat Bazaar (great Indian market in Sunnyvale) for $6, but I have not a clue about the quality.

I've visited (based in SF) which seems to have high quality and reasonable prices... however they have no store front and no shipping option cheaper than $8, so it doesn't seem worth it to get less than 10g (works out to $4.60/g shipped). My informal poll of Spanish & Portugese co-workers didn't turn up anyone interested in splitting an order... they all bought ounce tins at some point and still have plenty.

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  1. Does Saffron still have their saffron and vanilla at Xanath? Their vanilla is very inexpensive.
    951 Valencia St
    San Francisco, CA 94110
    (415) 648-8996

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    1. One place to check would be Rock of Gibralter in Menlo Park. They are on Alma across from the train station. The website says they have saffron, but I can't vouch for the quality having never purchased from them.

      1. There's a new Catalan cafe in San Jose that I need to post more about called La Catalana. It also stocks and sells some imported groceries and Spanish food stuffs, so I suggest calling to see if it will sell you some saffron. I've also purchased saffron (in a small vial) at Persian grocers but none in the South Bay. You might check with Rose International Market in Mountain View.

        Rose International Market
        1060 Castro St, Mountain View, CA 94040

        Rock of Gibraltar
        1026 Alma St, Menlo Park, CA

        La Catalana
        3720 N 1st St, San Jose, CA 95134

          1. I bought and Oz. of Saffron threads at Santos Spice in San Leandro
            Spanish origin I think. Great flavor, very good price and vibrant color.