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Saffron in pistil - Pure Néguine

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Superb aromatics, powerful, a few pistils of saffron are enough to perfume your dishes. Intense and long in the mouth, this saffron mixes deep notes and a sweetness ending on honey. Dosage: 0.1g for a recipe for 4 to 6 people.

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Fish, meat, desserts, omelettes, sauces, rice, pasta, infusions, Indian chai.


Freshness packet - DUO 12/2025

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Iran - Khorosan - Torbat, Kashmar, Masshad.

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What is saffron pistil?

Saffron(saffronum) is a spice derived from the Crocus Sativus, a flower with three stigmas on the outside of its petals. It is these stigmas that give saffron. A rare spice, saffron is distinguished by its bitter taste and the yellow colouring it brings to dishes. It is the most expensive spice in the world.

The harvest of saffron


Iranian saffron grows on a friable clay-limestone soil, well irrigated and exposed to the sun. It is harvested at the beginning of November.

Entirely handmade, the harvest of crocus sativus flowers is delicate. The flower is fragile and must be handled with care before being placed in a basket.

Once the flowers have been harvested, the saffron pistils must be removed and dried before they become mouldy. It takes 40 hours of work to grow one kilo of saffron.

Did you know that?: To obtain one kilo of saffron, between 110,000 and 170,000 flowers must be harvested.

David Vanille's opinion : Saffron pistil is a rare spice with a unique fragrance. I have chosen to offer you saffron pistil in reference to the flower from which it comes from. As Iran has integrated the cultivation of saffron in its agricultural traditions, I wanted to offer you a quality Neguine harvested in the respect of these traditions.

The origins of saffron

The origins of saffron date back to long before the Roman Empire. Its cradle of origin is Greece. The first traces of its existence date back more than 5,000 years. We also find traces of it in the collection of the Chinese emperor Chen Nong, in 2700 BC.

The saffron we know today is descended from a line of wild saffrons (Crocus cartwrightianus), a species cultivated in ancient Greece. These flowers had white petals. In addition to its medicinal virtues, it is said that it could cure up to 90 diseases.

Saffron was also used for its pigments, especially in the colouring of fabrics or accessories, often with religious significance.

To increase their production, Cretan saffron producers selected plants with the longest pistils. It was during the Bronze Age period, 3000 to 1000 BC, that a hybrid plant, Crocus sativus, our current domestic saffron, appeared.

Did you know that? France is a former major producer of saffron. In the 18th and 10th centuries, Boynes was known as the world capital of saffron and was responsible for setting market prices. In fact, it was France that imported saffron to Italy. They are also the originators of the recipe for saffron risotto, a dish made at the coronation of Napoleon I in Milan in 1805.

Saffron from Iran today

Today, the world production of saffron amounts to 300 tons per year. The biggest producers of saffron are :

  • Iran
  • Spain
  • India
  • Greece
  • Morocco
  • Italy
  • Azerbaijan

Did you know that?: Iran alone produces more than 95% of the saffron. In Europe, saffron production is anecdotal, but still present. In France, there are still small saffron producers in the Quercy region. Switzerland produces less than 5 kilos of saffron per year, the saffron of Mund, protected by a PDO.

Other uses of saffron

Although saffron pistil is mainly used in cooking, it is still used as a natural colouring agent. In the Maghreb countries and, more particularly, in Morocco, saffron is used in tanneries to colour leather.

The saffron also has medicinal virtues, according to the times, it was used to heal or soothe many ailments:

  • During the Egypt of the Pharaohs: saffron was an aphrodisiac
  • In the Middle Ages: in Europe, it was used to treat respiratory diseases, smallpox, asthma, but also insomnia, heart disease, stomach aches...
  • Today: several studies have shown that saffron carotenoids act on cancer cells, particularly in the case of leukaemia. Saffron is also an antioxidant.

How to use saffron in cooking?


With its bitter taste and honey notes, saffron pistil is used sparingly. Subtly dosed, it colours your dishes and acts as a natural flavour enhancer. In the major saffron producing countries (Spain, Iran, India), it is used in the composition of rice spices. It is found in Spanish paella, Moroccan chermoula, or Indian lassi.

My recipe for saffron oil

I prepare a litre of rapeseed oil in a nice bottle and put a tin of whole saffron pistil in it and let it macerate for at least a month.

I love to use my saffron oil, I love the scent of saffron, its delicacy and its presence.
I use it every week for fish, meat or on fresh mozzarella with just a touch of salt, black pepper from the last harvest.

Our recipe ideas with saffron pistil

Do you want to make the best use of your saffron pistil? This spice can also be used in simple recipes. In this 3-course menu, saffron is in the spotlight.

The starter: Fish soup with saffron

Fish soup is an appetizer that can be eaten in summer as well as in winter. In this recipe, saffron replaces rust. Create a good fish stock with the carcasses of your fresh fish and shellfish. Season with salt and pepper. Let it reduce. Filter your broth. Heat it and add your fish pieces and a pistil of saffron. Adjust the seasoning. A tasty starter to be eaten with a good farmhouse bread or a naan (Indian bread).

The dish: Risotto with saffron

A simple saffron risotto recipe, ideal to accompany grilled meats. Make a vegetable stock. In a casserole, blanch onions and garlic. Add your risotto rice and let it cook until it becomes translucent. Add stock and a saffron pistil. Keep stirring. Once the rice is cooked and the stock has evaporated, spice it up.

Dessert: Traditional Cuchaule

The Swiss equivalent of our milk brioche, but flavoured with saffron, the cuchaule is a Swiss recipe, originating from the canton of Fribourg. Soak your saffron pistil in milk until its aromas have developed. Make your own home-made brioche dough. Taste it! An excellent four-hour with a good orange jam or honey.

How to keep saffron in pistil?

The dried saffron stigmas can be kept in a small hermetically sealed jar. Prefer a small container to limit the presence of air. Keep it dry and away from light.

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Bertrand B. published the 04/12/2021 following an order made on 19/11/2021


Difficultés à ouvrir

Jean-Michel G. published the 03/12/2021 following an order made on 18/11/2021


Trésor beau safran

Laurent B. published the 28/11/2021 following an order made on 13/11/2021


Parfait comme à chaque fois

Hervé C. published the 28/11/2021 following an order made on 07/11/2021


Très belle qualité

NELLY D. published the 26/11/2021 following an order made on 04/11/2021


au top

Justin P. published the 26/11/2021 following an order made on 31/10/2021


Pas encore dégusté mais très odorante. Nous avons hâte !

Lynda K. published the 15/11/2021 following an order made on 03/11/2021


identique a la photo, pas encore essayé. Embalé dans une petite boite tres jolie. merci pour votre serieux.

Nadia R. published the 15/11/2021 following an order made on 31/10/2021


bonne qualite

Diana L. published the 15/11/2021 following an order made on 28/10/2021


Très bien

YVES T. published the 03/08/2021 following an order made on 17/07/2021





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