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Weaving Tradition into Taste
Imeretian Saffron, also known in Georgia as Kviteli Kvavili, is a cornerstone of Georgian culinary heritage, derived from the vibrant Tagetes Patula flower. This revered spice encapsulates the rich traditions and flavors of Georgia, with each teaspoon bearing testimony to the lush, fertile fields. Boasting a unique flavor profile characterized by a subtle fruit aroma, earthy flavor, and a sharp fragrance, it adds depth and warmth to a variety of dishes.
Authenticity and Exquisite Flavor                      
 Using only organic, natural ingredients, Imeretian Saffron, or Kviteli Kvavili, offers a taste experience that perfectly balances richness with nuanced notes. The selection of each ingredient reflects the true authenticity and superior quality of traditional Georgian cooking.
Commitment to Culinary Excellence                            
Our mission extends beyond taste; we strive to encapsulate the genuine essence of Georgia's cuisine and share it globally. Imeretian Saffron represents our commitment to tradition, quality, and culinary excellence, encouraging consumers to explore authentic flavors.

Elevate your culinary creations with Imeretian Saffron, a versatile and cherished spice that infuses warmth, depth, and a golden hue into every dish it graces. This treasured ingredient, known for its unique blend of earthy and subtle fruity undertones, transforms ordinary recipes into extraordinary culinary experiences.

  • Rich Stews and Soups: Transform your stews and soups with the golden touch and deep earthiness of Imeretian Saffron. This revered spice enriches traditional Georgian dishes like Kharcho, a spicy beef or lamb stew, with its complex flavors and vibrant color, making every serving a dive into the soul of Georgian cuisine making each spoonful a journey through the heart of Georgian culinary tradition.

  • Fragrant Rice Dishes: Elevate your rice dishes to new heights with the distinct flavors of Imeretian Saffron. Its subtle floral, earthy flavor, and sharp fragrance are perfect for enhancing Lobio, a hearty bean dish, or pilafs, lending an aromatic and memorable taste that's rooted in Georgian tradition.

  • Creative Desserts: Introduce an unexpected and delightful twist to your desserts with a pinch of Imeretian Saffron. Its subtle fruity undertones and warmth can transform traditional sweets into innovative creations, offering a surprise element that tantalizes the palate with every bite.

  • Savory Meat Dishes: Enhance traditional Georgian meat dishes with the exquisite flavor of Imeretian Saffron. Its rich, earthy notes make it an ideal spice for Mtsvadi, Georgian grilled meat skewers, imbuing the meat with the essence of Georgian spices and a taste that's deeply evocative of the region's culinary heritage.

  • Vegetarian Delights: Amplify the taste of vegetarian dishes with the earthy tones of Imeretian Saffron. Whether it's roasted vegetables, legumes, or hearty vegetarian stews, this spice complements and enhances the natural flavors of the ingredients, offering a rich and satisfying experience for vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike.
  • AUTHENTIC GEORGIAN SPICE: Known locally as Kviteli Kvavili, this spice is meticulously derived from the Tagetes Patula flower, a botanical treasure native to the Georgian landscape. It is not merely a seasoning but a piece of Georgian heritage, bringing the essence of its rich soil and vibrant culture to kitchens around the world.
  • UNIQUE FLAVOR PROFILE: The flavor of Imeretian Saffron is distinctively marked by its subtle fruity aroma and earthy flavor, complemented by a sharp fragrance. This unique spice creates a taste experience that is both rich and intriguing, securing its place as a cherished ingredient among culinary enthusiasts.
  • VERSATILE CULINARY USE: The adaptability of Imeretian Saffron makes it an indispensable spice for a myriad of dishes. Whether it's imparting depth to hearty stews and soups, adding a touch of warmth to rice dishes, or offering a surprising twist to desserts, its versatility knows no bounds. Its ability to enhance both savory and sweet dishes alike makes it a pantry staple.
  • NATURAL GOLDEN HUE: Beyond its flavor, Imeretian Saffron is celebrated for the beautiful golden color it lends to dishes. This natural hue is not only visually appealing but also signifies the authenticity and quality of the spice, adding an element of visual delight to meals that captures the eye as much as the palate.
  • SUSTAINABLY SOURCED: Our commitment to sustainability is reflected in our partnership with Georgian farmers who adhere to traditional cultivation and harvesting methods. These practices not only preserve the ecological balance but also ensure the continuation of foraging traditions that have been passed down through generations, making each purchase a support for sustainable livelihoods.
  • CULTURAL JOURNEY: Incorporating Imeretian Saffron into your cooking is akin to embarking on a cultural journey through Georgia. Each pinch brings with it the history and traditions of a land rich in culinary heritage, inviting you to explore the flavors, stories, and rituals that have shaped Georgian cuisine. This spice is not just an ingredient; it's an invitation to experience and celebrate the diverse and vibrant culture of Georgia.
  • Ingredients: Dried Petals of Tagetes Patula
  • Net Weight: 3 oz (60 g)
  • SKU: SAF-SEA-80-KR
  • UPC: 860010045749
  • Dimensions: 3.15 x 4.15
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 oz
  • Packaging: Eco-friendly, resealable kraft pouches
  • Storage and Shelf Life: Stores for 2 years unopened at 60ºF, and 6 months once opened and properly sealed
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Discover the Culinary Treasure of Imeretian Saffron

This unique spice elevates dishes with its captivating earthy essence and complex, aromatic depth. Imeretian saffron, a gem among culinary treasures, is more than a seasoning; it’s a natural treasure sustainably foraged from the wild fields of Georgia, embodying the untouched beauty of its landscapes.

Authentic Flavors of Georgia

Offering a flavor profile that intertwines earthy tones with subtle hints of green apple and orange, this seasoning brings an inviting, aromatic allure to any dish. A small pinch of this exceptionally versatile spice can effortlessly bestow a beautiful hue and nuanced depth of flavor on your culinary creations, leaving a memorable impact.

Harvested at Peak Season

Suneli Valley is dedicated to providing only the highest quality products, showcasing the distinctive traits of their origins. Our Imeretian saffron is a testament to this dedication, capturing the essence of Georgian culinary traditions and the natural, sustainable methods of its foraging.

Natural and Sustainably Foraged

We honor the partnership with local communities who sustainably forage marigold petals from Georgia’s wild fields, maintaining age-old traditions passed through generations. By supporting these communities, we contribute to preserving their rich heritage and ensuring the prosperity of their invaluable knowledge and skills.

Frequently Asked Questions

What makes Imeretian Saffron a unique spice?

Imeretian Saffron, also known as Kviteli Kvavili in Georgia, stands out for its subtle fruit aroma, earthy flavor, and sharp fragrance. Derived from the Tagetes Patula flower, it brings a piece of Georgian heritage and tradition to every dish it graces, offering a unique flavor profile that is both rich and aromatic.

How can I incorporate Imeretian Saffron into my cooking?

Imeretian Saffron is incredibly versatile, making it ideal for a wide range of dishes. From enriching the flavor of stews, soups, and rice dishes to adding a unique twist to desserts, its distinct aroma and taste can elevate simple recipes into gourmet creations. It pairs wonderfully with both savory and sweet ingredients, allowing for endless culinary exploration.

Is Imeretian Saffron suitable for those with dietary restrictions?

Yes, Imeretian Saffron is all-natural and suitable for various dietary preferences, including vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free diets. It is a pure spice with no added preservatives or artificial ingredients, making it a healthy choice for enhancing flavor in a wide array of dishes.

How should I store Imeretian Saffron to maintain its quality?

To preserve its aroma and flavor, Imeretian Saffron should be stored in a cool, dark place away from direct sunlight. Ideally, keep it in an airtight container to protect it from moisture and maintain its quality. Properly stored, it can last up to 2 years unopened and 6 months after opening if sealed correctly.

Does purchasing Imeretian Saffron support local communities?

Yes, by choosing Imeretian Saffron, you are directly supporting local Georgian farmers and artisans. This spice is sustainably sourced, with a focus on traditional cultivation and harvesting methods that not only preserve the cultural heritage of Georgian culinary practices but also support the local economy and sustainable agriculture in the region.

Can Imeretian Saffron be used in both traditional Georgian recipes and modern dishes?

Absolutely. Imeretian Saffron is a dynamic ingredient that brings depth and complexity to both traditional Georgian recipes and modern culinary creations. Its unique flavor profile allows it to blend seamlessly into various cuisines, making it a versatile addition to any chef's spice collection.