Hand picking & plucking makes the job of removing the stigma of crocuses a laborious & back-breaking. This is reflected in the price. But what a difference good quality saffron makes to risotto! Our Spanish saffron, when soaked in water for 15 minutes before preparation, produces a fine yellow colour & distinct, flowery aroma. Colour cous cous dishes or add to cooking Indian rice dishes, Italian risotto & Spanish paella. It also goes well with other chicken & seafood dishes.