The unmistakable aroma of this gourmet saffron from Antonio Sotos is unlike any other—one sniff and you’ll know why this ancient spice has been prized around the globe for millennia. One of the world's most coveted spices, saffron is used in a wide variety of cuisines; in Italy, it’s most commonly used in risottos and pastas. It has a beautifully subtle flavor that pairs well with poultry, lamb, and dairy, and just a pinch will color your dish a gorgeous sunny yellow color.
Over the centuries, saffron has been used as a dye, a flavoring, and even a currency! In Umbria in the 13th century, saffron was considered more valuable than the money of the time and was used in its place. The spice is so special because of how it's cultivated: These rich red threads are the stigma in the center of a variety of vibrant purple crocus known, naturally, as the saffron crocus. Every flower only has three threads of saffron, which have to be harvested by hand and gently toasted to preserve their color and fragrance. Roughly 3,000 flowers will produce just one ounce of saffron! It's a truly special ingredient that doesn't just add a beautiful aroma and color to a dish, but showcases a spirit of generosity and celebration.
Located in the La Mancha region of central Spain, Antonio Sotos is a fourth-generation family business that has specialized in saffron since 1912. They source the spice from some of the best regions in the world, ensuring every thread meets their high standards for color, aroma, and integrity.