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Welcome to Kiwi Saffron


Once, there was a girl who loved saffron. She loved its secrets, its mystery, the way it flowered in November when most plants were fading. She loved the wave upon wave of soft purple and green in the field, petals delicate as butterfly wings. She loved the urgency of the harvesting, the pulling of dusty red threads of gold in dimly lit rooms, voices murmuring and low singing while the pile of threads grew higher. She loved the aroma of saffron drying, its bitter and surprising scent. She loved the way it brought something special to a plate of food, sunshine to the heart. And, best of all, she loved its hint of magic.

Excerpt from The Saffron Trail by Rosanna Ley


Kiwi Saffron NZ is the industry leader in growing and marketing New Zealand Saffron.

Biogro C2 in conversion - grower BG5722

Food Safety 2014 certified

We pride ourselves on being rated category 'A1' and producing high quality saffron to ISO 3632 v2 standards. The crocin (colour intensity) level of our saffron harvest 2016 scored 300 when tested in a registered laboratory, something we are immensely proud of achieving and to date have not seen a higher score published. 2017 crocin score is 294, slightly lower due to the bizarre weather patterns we experienced this growing season. We are committed to testing our saffron annually to validate its great properties and proven superiority over imported product. A characteristic of our saffron are the length and thickness of the stigma, its intensity, strength and proven free of adulterants and dyes.

Saffron is a spice that is used as a colouring and flavouring agent in many foods such as bouillabaisse, paella, rice, risotto, cheeses, puddings, tea, bread, butter, pastries, confectionery and liqueurs. Its flavour cannot be copied.

Saffron is also used in medical applications. Its chief medicinal properties are attributed to its having antispasmodic, ant hysteric, stomachic, expectorant, stimulant and aphrodisiacal qualities.

It is also a rich source of Vitamin B2, riboflavin, carotenoids (anti-cancer) and contains traces of vitamins A, B, B1, B2 and C. Current research trials are looking into the reversal of macular degeneration of the eyes using saffron.


We are also wholesale distributors please contact us if you are interested in high quality saffron.

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We have a number of retail outlets where you can purchase Kiwi Saffron.

Read about us in Verve Magazine here.

Check out an article from the Southland Herb Society about us here.


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