13 May 2017

Saffron: how to use it and how to spot the fake stuff

From This Way Up, 12:40 pm on 13 May 2017

Saffron is the most expensive spice on the planet, selling for somewhere between $10 and $30 a gram in New Zealand.

The hefty price tag is one of the main reasons why it's frequently adulterated: there's a flourishing global business producing fake saffron.

We are approaching the end of New Zealand's saffron harvest, which lasts about two months.

Growing, harvesting and drying the purple, autumn-flowering saffron crocus (crocus sativus) is a labour-intensive business that Graham Strong knows all about.

He grows genuine, high-quality saffron at Wynyard Estate in Roxburgh, Central Otago.

Graham tells us how to cook with it, how to store it and how to know it's genuine.