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Really cheap prices for saffron, vanilla beans and porcini from Golden Gate -- is quality OK?

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Really cheap prices for saffron, vanilla beans and porcini from Golden Gate -- is quality OK?

Miss Needle | Aug 22, 2008 09:45 AM

I was wondering if anybody has ordered saffron from them before. The prices are really good -- $73/ounce. I've noticed that this saffron is from Iran, and I usually purchase saffron from Kashmir or Spain. Is there a discernible difference in quality? I know I've read that saffron from Kashmir and Spain are superior, but I'd like to hear some firsthand responses from people who have tried Iranian saffron before.

And I've also noticed that they sell Tahitian vanilla beans at a great price as well -- about 110-130 beans for less than $30! And the cepes are really cheap as well at 1/2 lb for $16.

While I'm always up for a bargain, I'd like to know what the quality is like. I'd appreciate any input. Thanks!

http://www.saffron.com/cons_guide.html

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