Saffron

Seenland-Safran

Here’s something very special: vocally local saffron from Hermsdorf near Berlin! Hailing from Iran, India and Morocco, saffron farming is a rarely seen agricultural endeavour in these parts, with most of the European harvest hailing from Spain and Greece. The fine red threads are the dried pistils of the Crocus Sativus flower, which harvested entirely by hand. This makes for a hefty price of about  30.000 Euros per kilo. 

One harvest by Matthias Trentzsch yields a total of 35 grams of saffron. There is a lot of work and a lot of love in it. In view of this, the sales sizes of 0.1g and 0.5g also make sense.

9,50 39,00 

Idea

Saffron adds a golden yellow colour and gentle aroma to any rice dish as well as desserts and sweet baked goods. If you’re in need of inspiration, grab your favourite Ottolenghi cookbook – he’s all about saffron and we love his recipes.

Try making a risotto – here’s a simple recipe.

Saffron is one of those spices that will give a simple dish or component an air of expensiveness – try a few threads in chicken broth, a buttermilk sauce or a milk mayonnaise, the taste of a bouillabaisse will be elevated as well for sure. If you prefer the sweeter things in life: a pear poached in saffron syrup is best served warm, with a big scoop of wheat beer ice cream on top.

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Safran / Birne / Doppelrahm
by Ann-Sophie Raemisch
Seenland-Safran
As an engineer and operations manager on a potato processing plant, Matthias Trentzsch had little to do with spices in general or saffron in particular. Inspired by the health-promoting effects of this exotic, bright red spice, he decided to join the illustrious  circle of the dozen or so saffron producers in Germany.  So far, Matthias Trentzsch produces about 35 grams of saffron per year in his garden in Hermsdorf near Berlin and would like to expand significantly in the future.