Costco Kirkland Signature La Mancha Spanish Saffron Review

I was introduced to saffron for the first time a few years ago when we went to some friends of ours for dinner and they served delicious saffron rice. It was totally delicious and unlike any rice I’d had before. I wanted to try making it myself, but kind of forgot about it until I saw the Kirkland Signature Saffron at Costco. This saffron is from the La Mancha region in Spain and is one of the most sought-after varieties of saffron. It’s considered high quality and is scarcely available. Find out below why saffron is so expensive, why it’s amazingly healthy for you and how you can use it in your everyday recipes!

Image of the Costco Kirkland Signature La Mancha Spanish Saffron packaging sitting on a table.
Costco Kirkland Signature La Mancha Spanish Saffron.

We went to a dinner party a few years ago and were introduced to saffron in rice and both my husband and I really enjoyed it. We kept telling each other we would buy some saffron but never got around to buying it until now! Just last weekend we used the Costco Kirkland Signature La Mancha Spanish Saffron to make rice as well as topped vanilla ice cream with it.

Closeup top down image of the saffron jar open so you can see the threads in the jar.
Each tiny thread is loaded with flavor.

Other seasonings and cooking ingredients I’ve reviewed from Costco are the Hy’s Seasoning Salt, Club House Everything Bagel Seasoning, Kinder’s Buttery Steakhouse Seasoning, Kewpie Deep Roasted Sesame Marinade, We Love You Korean BBQ Marinade, Bulls-Eye Barbecue Sauce and the Nando’s Peri Peri Sauce.

Closeup image of a fork with saffron rice loaded on it with a plate of rice and a pork chop in the background of the image.
We had rice and pork chops.

Location in Store

The saffron is located in the aisle with the other seasonings and baking ingredients. The item number is 513001.

Image of the serving suggestions for the saffron from the package.
There are many ways to use saffron.

Taste

We tried the saffron two ways. In rice and on top of vanilla ice cream. The saffron rice we made used basmati rice, chicken broth, onion and ground saffron. The rice was tasty, and the saffron flavor was noticeable but not overpowering.

Top down image of a full pot of cooked rice.
We used basmati rice.

In my opinion, saffron has an earthy, slightly sweet, floral flavor. I think a lot of people will enjoy the taste but there will definitely be a group of people who are not fans of it. It’s pretty recognizable and a bit unusual tasting.

Image of a small cup of vanilla ice cream with saffron sprinkled on top.
The flavor of the saffron wasn’t noticeable on the ice cream.

The packaging recommended using it with ice cream which we tried by sprinkling a bit of saffron on vanilla bean ice cream. We both found we couldn’t really taste it and decided it would be better to make ice cream using ground saffron mixed in to make a flavor like mango saffron.

Top down image of a small cup of vanilla ice cream with saffron sprinkled on top.
It looks pretty though.

Cost

The small one-gram jar costs $18.99 Canadian which seems like a lot but is actually very reasonable for La Mancha Spanish Saffron.

Image showing the one gram small glass jar of saffron sitting on a table.
The jar may be small but it’s full of tiny threads full of flavor!

Why is saffron so expensive?

The main reason why saffron is expensive is because of all the labor that goes into harvesting it! Each saffron flower has about three threads in it so that means it can take thousands of flowers to produce one small jar. Also in case you didn’t know, saffron is the world’s most expensive spice.

Top down image of ground saffron in a mortar.
Ground saffron in a mortar.

The good news is that you only need a few threads per meal because each one is so full of flavor!

Image of a stovetop with pork chops cooking in a skillet and rice cooking in a pot.
Quick and easy dinner with an exotic touch of saffron!

Convenience

The saffron threads come in a small glass jar. The best-before date is about ten months from when we purchased it. This isn’t a convenient Costco product as you have to research a recipe to use it in and then actually make the dish!

Top down image of a plate of rice with a pork chop beside it.
Ready to eat!

There are many foods you can add saffron to. The packaging suggests rice, soups, sauces, ice cream, sweets and baked goods. You can also use it in stews, curries, pasta dishes and on meats like chicken.

Image showing the product description for the saffron explaining that it is certified from La Mancha, from the back of the package.
Costco guarantees the saffron is of the highest quality.

As I mentioned before La Mancha Saffron is excellent and highly coveted and Costco’s Kirkland Signature Saffron is guaranteed to be grown, harvested and packed in La Mancha.

Top down image of the number labeled on the jar guaranteeing the saffron is from the La Mancha region in Spain.

The number on the jar guarantees the saffron is from La Mancha.

Nutrition

Calories

There aren’t any nutrition facts on the packaging for the saffron. I’m guessing this is because saffron is so low in calories, there are only two calories in a teaspoon and zero grams of fat.

Ingredients

There’s only one ingredient listed and that is La Mancha Certified 100% Saffron!

Image of the ingredients list from the package.
Ingredients.

What makes saffron so healthy?

I’m not a medical expert but I did some research on why saffron is said to be one of the healthiest spices. It’s loaded with antioxidants which is great for inflammation and preventing cancer. It is also known to boost mood and aid in weight loss.

However, to meaningfully benefit from any health benefits you need to be consuming 30 milligrams a day. Which most people aren’t going to do considering a few threads add so much flavor to a meal. Also, high amounts (about five grams) can be toxic and should be avoided by pregnant people.

Scoring

Taste: 8/10

The saffron was delicious in rice, but the flavor wasn’t noticeable sprinkled on the ice cream. That was probably our fault as it seems like you need to take the proper steps to unlock the flavor before using the saffron in your food.

Cost: 9/10

Convenience: 10/10

Nutrition: 10/10

Overall

Give it a try!

If you’re someone who likes to cook and be a bit adventurous with your spices I definitely recommend picking up this unique, luxury item from Costco. It’s fun to look at all the different recipes you can use saffron in.

Do you cook with saffron? What do you think of it?


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3 thoughts on “Costco Kirkland Signature La Mancha Spanish Saffron Review”

  1. My sister bought some a while back. Then they disappeared. The Kirkland saffron she bought, not sure if it’s also from La Mancha. They prefer Persian saffron but they liked the bottle they got from Costco. She used to get her supply direct from Iran, but the pandemic hindered her source.

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  2. I’ve made, shared, and enjoyed Valencia (Spanish) Paella for years, and due to the varied proteins, rice, and the use of saffron in this recipe, it is a terrific one to showcase your culinary adventurousness to guests. And, it tastes great.

    It is the dish that saw my introduction to saffron and, as a result, over many years, I’ve purchased and tried the spice sourced from a variety of countries, including Spain, Iran and India. The Spanish saffron stands out.

    Given my distance from a Costco store, I’ve not yet tried this offering.

    Harvested from the crocus flower it lends its vibrant colour to any dish and its flavour is released by reducing the threads to a powder, via a mortar and pestle, prior to its addition to your recipe.

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  3. Thanks for this review! I found it so interesting and informative since I’ve been curious about saffron but never tried it. I know it’s very expensive but $18.99 is definitely doable, plus when it’s done, you’ve got a cute little jar. Bonus! 😁

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