Harvested from the saffron crocus flower, the red stigmas of our premium Saffron are cut and separated into threads, and then sun-dried in a process that releases the precious safranal oil which produces saffron’s prized crimson gold color, intensely rich fragrance, and distinctive mellow taste. With an ISO grade of I, color strength of 246, fragrance level of 35, and flavor level of 90, our saffron is of the finest quality for cooking and baking.
Vadouvan, which means “sun-dried spices”, is a unique blend of aromatics and curry spices that originated in Southern India – a region conquered 300 years ago by the French which is still reflected in their cuisine. Golden Vadouvan has been simplified to our taste. The key ingredients are onion, garlic, and shallot, to which we’ve added our special curry blend for a rich complexity. Be warned that Vadouvan is very intense! Use sparingly as an accent.
An 800-year-old recipe for a storied curry dish inspired our original Swarnadwipa™ spice mix. As the tale goes, a prince feuding with his brothers takes to the seas and discovers a lush island rich in gold – Swarnadwipa,“Island of Gold.” A curry dish was made to honor the gods, using the island’s abundant coconut and spices. Our exclusive blend, appropriately golden-hued, includes coconut, lemongrass, kaffir lime, galangal and smoked paprika.