Saffron in Hand-Painted Jar by Princesa de Minaya$45
- Intense aroma, flavor, and color
- Ideal for paella
- Packed in hand-painted jar
- World's best, from 10 acre family plot
- Select Category, Class I; DO La Mancha
- Size - 2 grams
Princesa de Minaya is “An artisanal saffron of immense quality” quotes 'Lo Mejor de la Gastronomia' - the definitive gourmet food guide in Spain.
Owner María Angeles packs the saffron in a beautiful hand-painted ceramic jar from a neighboring potter. The pieces have become collectibles in Spain. You can refill and store your saffron for years to come. Each jar is 6 inches tall by 3 inches wide.
This saffron is Select Category Class I which is the highest quality possible. This means that a tiny pinch of this delicate spice imparts a warm floral flavor and heavenly aroma to paella and other dishes.
The Serrano family is focused on producing the finest saffron in La Mancha on their small 10 acre farm. They pick the crocus flowers by hand, then pluck each tiny stamen manually. This has a decisive effect on its aroma, flavor profile and coloring strength — and all three are very intense. Their production for the year is no more than fifty pounds. Your purchase supports this vanishing artisan industry.
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. It takes about 400 crocus flowers to obtain the two grams of saffron you find packed in this bottle.
Since saffron is such a precious condiment, the market is being flooded with many inferior grades and outright counterfeits. The Serrano family affixes the ‘Denomination of Origin La Mancha’ seal on each jar, so that you will be guaranteed that Princesa de Minaya is actually grown in La Mancha, the site of the finest saffron (azafrán) in the world.
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Use and Care
Store in a cool, dry place.
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"While others have mentioned that the jag is not sealable and the lid does not stay on (it just sits there) —it IS gorgeously painted with two sealable baggies of saffron inside. "
Alex - Pennington Gap, VA February 2023
"The handpainted jar is even more beautiful in person and the saffron is the best ever. Love shopping with La Tienda. "
patricia - haskell, NJ January 2023
Caroline - Marshall, VA January 2022
"Nice little jar. Cool product."
Robert - Allentown, NJ July 2021
JUANITA - SANTA MARIA, CA July 2014
"It is the finest and best saffron in the world."
DINA - Ponte Vedra Beach, FL July 2014
TOM - FAIRFAX, VA July 2014
"In answer to other reviews, 2 grams of saffron are included, $30 if ordered separately on this site, ; the beautiful jar is only an additional $8. The saffron is packaged in 2 airtight resealable plastic bags, allowing one to pour/pinch the desired amount. After viewing in person, would purchase again!"
Chris - Wellesley , MA June 2013
MARK - OVERLAND PARK, KS April 2013
"the jar is well made and adds a dash of color to my spice shelves. I thought it was a great value for the spice."
David - Beach Lake, PA March 2013
"The saffron is good, but I think it is overpriced"
Ron - Livermore, CA March 2013
Diane - Dearborn, Michigan January 2013
jenny - Tucson, Arizona January 2013
"Beautiful jar but the top falls off. There should be cork or something else to keep the jar airtight for this fabulous spice. Very dissapointed that I cannot store the saffron in the jar."
Kathy - February 2012
"As a young child I learned "azafran" as a spice to cook with but when I came to the States had no idea what it was called in English. The "ceramica" container is perfect and is a perfect new addition to my counter where I prep food. Perfect size for a very valuable spice in my diet. Container is not air-tight and is approximately 6-inches tall - PERFECT"
Dave - May 2011
"Silly little jar with a lid that doesn't fit--don't bump the jar or the lid will fall right off and break! Also, the product was covered with stickers that were difficult to get off without marring the glaze. The jar is poorly designed and definitely not worth $40. "
Jeff - January 2011
"Beautiful little jar, great quality saffron."
Carola - September 2010
"Superb. Intense saffron flavor."
Luisa - December 2009