- The best saffron in Spain
- Grown by a small family in La Mancha
- Hand toasted, hand harvested
- Deeper color and powerful flavor
- Select Category, Class I; DO La Mancha
- Size - 1 gram / .035oz
The definitive gourmet food guide in Spain says Princesa de Minaya is “An artisanal saffron of immense quality”. Unquestionably the best of the best, this saffron will add a deep, authentic flavor to paella and other dishes. It surpasses the highest international standards in flavor and color.
For several generations the family of Maria Ángeles and Juan Antonio Serrano has cultivated the highest quality saffron in Spain – if not the world - on their ten acre plot. They need about 200 crocus flowers to obtain the gram of saffron you find packed in this bottle.
Princesa de Minaya adds a bright golden color and intense saffron flavor to your paella and all saffron dishes. Saffron is the fundamental flavor of paella, and in our experience Princesa de Minaya can make the difference between a good and a great paella.
During the harvest, this family collects, prunes and toasts saffron on a daily basis, which has a decisive effect on its aromatic, flavor profile and coloring strength—and all three are very intense. Their production for the year is no more than 50 pounds depending on the harvest.
Since saffron is such a precious condiment, the market is being flooded with many inferior grades and outright counterfeits. The ‘Denomination of Origin La Mancha’ seal on each jar guarantees that Princesa de Minaya is actually grown in La Mancha, the site of the finest saffron (azafrán) in the world, and matches the highest standards.
Our saffron is Category I which is the highest quality - the color and flavor intensity must be rated more than 190. Princesa de Minaya has never tested below 190 and is often above 200 (according to the international standard ISO-3632-2).
Average Customer Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 30 reviews
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peter kesser - memphis, TN
"My wife, who is a foodie and excellent cook, is in heaven with this saffron. The rest of us in the family are the beneficiaries."
Makoto Matsumoto - Scottsdale, AZ
PEGGY HORNE - Bradenton, FL
"Beautiful bottle. I have it on my counter for display. Have not actually tasted yet. 5 stars for how pretty and how much Saffron you get for the price."
David R. DeVoe - Philadelphia, PA
nancy jackson - desert hot springs, CA
"the best and i save the little bottles, for what, I don't know yet"
Ken Murphy - Opelika, AL
"Better price and more quantity than locally!"
Greg D. - HARRISBURG, PA
"Excellent! Just like what I purchased at a little shop when in Barcelona."
MEREDITH ARES - Searsport, ME
"I live in rural Maine and can only find gourmet and exotic items on the internet. La Tienda offers the best Spanish saffron at the best price. Excellent!"
joseph west - moncks corner, SC
MARY CIFUENTES - PASADENA, CA
Enrique Rubio - Metairie, LA
NANCY MCLAUGHLIN - CORUNNA, MI
"Added the perfect flavor to our paella! "
Juan Mendivil - Brentwood, CA
J. Marin - Lewisville, Texas
Andy Bauer - Mt.Vernon, Indiana
"Excellent. This saffron gives authentic flavor to paella and creates a magnificent color. Will definately order again."
Rick Maxson - Largo, Florida
"The product arrived on time. This was the best saffron I have used in years. I am happy to have found La Tienda and will certainly order from them again."
"I am using the saffron for homemaid soup,my nationalty is hungarian-german,I can't find saffron in my Local stores,I alway's will be buying saffron from your company when I run out of it. your company is very good to deal with,excellent service!"
Thomas Ryan Nelson
"Probably the very best saffron available in the world. Try it; you won't tolerate anything else."
"Delicious flavor - you just can't do a good paella without it! Careful if you are toasting it over a flame in a foil packet - for a beginner like me, it is very easy to burn it. "
"I have not tried this product yet, I'm going to use it in my first paella. however the delivery was very quick. "
"I made paella for my family last weekend and they all really enjoyed it. The Princesa de Minaya saffron really made the dish!"
"Just opening the shipment box released the most wonderful aroma, even with the saffron sealed in zip bags & wrapped in bubble wrap! A great deal for this amount & quality, & it did not disappoint in my paella. "
".....read Dr.Oz review on saffron a Wonder drug to help fight cancer..great flavor and we use daily in tea...."
"Fragrant and delicious"