We are lucky enough in Millthorpe to have our very own growers of the amazing spice Saffron. Ross & Ellen Higgins have 5 acres of land on the outskirts of the town and have established their successful Millthorpe Saffron farm. The cooler climate of Millthorpe is suited to growing this spice. They do the very back-breaking job of handpicking the flowers and then the three stigmas are separated and dried before being packaged in airtight containers.
At the Old Mill, we like to support our local produce and we are proud to stock Millthorpe Saffron in our cafe.
What is SAFFRON? It is a price derived from the flower of Crocus sativus, commonly known as the ‘saffron crocus’. The vivid crimson stigma and styles, called threads, are collected and dried to be mainly used as a seasoning and a colouring agent in food. Its origins are not conclusive as many believe that Iran is its true sources but others believe it could be either Greece and Mesopotamia. Whatever may be its origins it is now grown worldwide.
It has an aroma that is reminiscent of metallic honey with grassy or hay-like taste and is also sweet so is used in many recipes. It is well known for its luminous yellow-orange colouring and is used in many dishes from rice to dry-cured ham and also use in confectionery and liquors plus dyes and perfumery. So you can see that there are many uses for this wonderful spice.