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After completing a tour of duty in Afghanistan, a team of U.S. Army veterans founded Rumi Spice, a company that grows, collects, and exports saffron, giving hundreds of local women well-paying jobs. It turns out that a good deal of saffron sold around the world is either old or made from dyed corn silk—Rumi Spice sells the real thing. This is premium saffron: collected by hand, sustainably farmed and ethically sourced. Here at Milk Street, we support the notion of helping the women of Afghanistan earn their own money directly for the first time in their lives.
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This aromatic and beautiful saffron is wonderful in all the familiar applications: paella, risotto milanese, tagines and more. Saffron's unique combination of floral and herbacious pairs with any main ingredient, from chicken to mussels, rice to beans, and even in desserts. To draw out the most flavor from this precious spice you need a combination of heat and hydration: steep the threads in warm water before adding to your dish for the best flavor and color.
If you can help it, don't skip blooming the saffron before using. It's and expensive spice, but treated properly a little bit can go a long way.
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