Help Afghan Family Farmers Cultivate Saffron instead of poppy
Make World-Class Saffron Accessible to American Chefs
Build Schools for Afghan Children by giving 10% back to Charity
Who we are?
We are are a group of US Army Linguists and Cultural Advisers from Afghanistan.
During our service with US Army as local linguists in Afghanistan, we observed how farmers struggled to make an honest living and how Afghan children dropped out of school in early, crucial, years due economic hardship.
When we reached Chicago in 2014, we observed that chefs have difficulties getting fresh and natural saffron.
We decided to meet both of these needs by bringing Afghan Saffron to Chicago. Chicago chefs buy fresh, natural saffron and 10% goes back to the communities in Afghanistan.
What Is Saffron?
Saffron threads are the stigmas of the Crocus Sativus Linnaeus. Because of saffron health benefits, its price, and aromatic qualities, it is called “Queen of Spices.” In Afghanistan, it is called, “Red Gold.” Its ethereal flavor makes a perfect enrichment for savory and sweetened plates. It takes 225,000 stigmas (or 75,000 blossoms) to make a pound of saffron. It comes from the internal part of the amethyst-colored saffron crocus and must be hand-harvested due to its fragility.
Why Afghanistan Saffron?
The Afghanistan climate is warm, windy, and semiarid; this is the best climate for saffron to grow. In the last four years, the International Taste and Quality Institute of Brussels awarded Afghan saffron the first high quality saffron in the world.
According to Afghan Officials, the saffron flower in Afghanistan produces up to 14 leaves, while saffron from Spain and other countries can produce up to 5 leaves in one plant.
Our saffron is tested according to ISO 3632-2 with color strength (Crocin) 264. Currently we have the finest and highest quality saffron in US market. The average Spanish saffron color strength is 110, and Iranian saffron is 180.
Our Goals for 2018:
Help 300 Restaurants and Hotels, currently we are helping 90
Partner with 50 Afghan family farmers, currently we partner with 21
Help six elementary schools, and send 70 students back to school, currently we are helping three schools, and twelve students