The dried threads of autumn crocus, only three per flower, make saffron, the intense, precious seasoning originally native to Eurasia. Now, in Afghanistan, Tahmina Ghaffer, originally from Kabul, has hired women farmers specifically to hand-harvest saffron in the Herat region to sell under the new Moonflowers label. The company donates one percent of its profits to help children in Afghanistan, Cambodia and South Africa. The saffron is intensely red with arresting pungency.
Moonflowers, $12.99 for .07 ounces (a generous tablespoon) to $53.99 for .35 ounces, moonflowers.co.