Norway, Iowa (September 2, 2016) – For the first time at Frontier Co-op, quality and supply standards have been met to bring an organic form of the world’s “most precious spice” to the market. Frontier Co-op’s new certified-organic saffron is unique to the spice industry and hand harvested in remote regions of Spain.


The new organic saffron consists of dried stigmas and is sold as whole threads. Unlike Frontier Co-op’s product, saffron is often sold ground and adulterated with inexpensive spices.


“Frontier Co-op Organic Saffron goes through an involved process to ensure that when it ends up in your kitchen, it’s as high quality and full of flavor as possible,” said Rogan Stoops. “First, crocus flowers are picked at dawn with the plucking of the three stigmas from the crocus following shortly after. Then the stigmas are dehydrated on a drum sieve over a low heat source before they’re toasted over a direct fire. Toasting the stigmas brings out a more intense red color for best quality”.  


According to Frontier Co-op’s procurement team, 8,000 crocuses are needed to yield five and a half pounds of stigma, which produce one pound and two ounces of saffron after toasting. Thus, saffron is the most expensive spice in the world.


Organic saffron adds a pungent, delicate flavor and rich yellow color when crumbled into breads, soups, seafood, sauces and paellas. The spice also pairs well with foods such as chicken, potatoes, rice, eggs, yogurt and more. 


Frontier Co-op Organic Saffron is now available with a suggested retail price of $17.99.




Frontier Co-op™

Founded in 1976 and based in Norway, Iowa, Frontier Co-op offers a full line of natural and organic products under the Frontier Co-op, Simply Organic® and Aura Cacia® brands. Products include culinary herbs, spices and baking flavors; bulk herbs and spices; and natural and organic aromatherapy products. Frontier Co-op’s goal is to provide consumers with the highest-quality organic and natural products while supporting and promoting social and environmental responsibility. For more information, visit Frontier Co-op's website at www.frontiercoop.com