Burnham Norton saffron producers celebrate success with products in 2015 Great Taste awards

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Norfolk Saffron, based at Burnham Norton, is celebrating news that it is one of the winners in this year’s coveted Great Taste awards.

It means that its Smoked Saffron and Saffron Flour products will be able to bear the gold and black two-star award Great Taste logo.

The awards are judged by more than 400 of the most demanding palates belonging to food critics, chefs, cooks, restaurateurs, producers, food writers and journalists.

Great Taste is acknowledged as the most respected food accreditation scheme for artisan and speciality food producers.

Norfolk Saffron’s proprietor, Dr Sally Francis, said: “We’re over the moon with our 2015 results and it’s great that the qualities of our Smoked Saffron and Saffron Flour have been recognised in the Great Taste Awards.

“Our Smoked Saffron adds extra depth and complexity to savoury dishes made with it, like paella and risotto, and we believe we’re the only makers of Smoked Saffron worldwide.

“The inspiration for making Saffron Flour came from customers we met at various markets. It’s used to bake all kinds of delicious breads and is my personal favourite way of using saffron. If you follow a brioche recipe, but use Saffron Flour instead of ordinary flour, you get a delicious treat that’s to die for.”

The Great Taste logo is a signpost to a wonderful tasting product – hundreds of judges have worked to discover the very best, through hours and hours of blind-tasting a total of 10,000 different foods and drinks.

The judges then savour, confer and re-taste to decide which products are worthy of a one, two or three-star award. There were 10,000 Great Taste entries this year and of those products, 597 received a two-star.

Norfolk Saffron grows award-winning saffron that conforms to the international grade for the world’s finest saffron.

Norfolk Saffron products will be available at the North Norfolk Food and Drink Festival which takes place in the Walled Gardens at Holkham Hall on Saturday and Sunday, September 5 and 6.