Saffron spice is made from the Crocus sativus flower, and known as the “saffron crocus.” This crocus produces three yellow styles, each of which has a crimson-red stigma at the end. A saffron thread is defined by the mix of golden style and scarlet stigma. These threads are hand-picked and dried, yielding fragrant, making saffron prices in India touch heights.
Saffron is a spice commonly known as kesar is grown in India, Afghanistan, Morocco, Greece but its main supplier is Iran. Made from the dried stigmas (thread-like portions of the flower), saffron has multiple medicinal properties. Saffron spice might need up to 75,000 saffron blooms. Saffron is mostly grown and picked by hand.
8 Ways To Identify Pure Saffron?
- Original Saffron has a pleasant aroma, according to several experts. It has a unique aroma that isn’t totally sweet, and it reminds me of paella. Rather, it’s both sweet and husky to me. It’s no wonder that saffron conjures up images of paella. Original Saffron is used in the rice in this meal, and the inclusion of the spice gives paella a distinct fragrance.
- The threads of the original saffron are trumpet-shaped. It’s a fake if a thread doesn’t swell at one end. Your skin will become yellow/orange if you rub genuine saffron between your fingers.
- While the original saffron has a pleasant aroma, it has a slightly bitter flavour.
- To check saffron purity place the threads in a small container filled with lukewarm water. Allow for 15 minutes and the real saffron will gradually turn the water yellow. It might take up to an hour for the colour to change. It is fake saffron if the water changes colour quickly, turns red, or does not change colour, or if the threads lose their colour. The checking of saffron purity means here it wasn’t real. If you rub actual saffron threads between your fingers after they’ve soaked, they’ll stay intact. Fakes, on the other hand, are prone to crumbling.
- To check saffron purity in a small container, combine saffron and baking soda, then pour water over the mixture. If the material turns yellow, it’s genuine saffron.
- There’s a strong possibility it’s not original saffron if it’s not very costly. If something looks too good to be true, it generally is, as my mother told me (too good to be true.)
- The scent of pure saffron is quite intriguing. If you know what Honey smells like and what hay smells like, you’ll have a good idea of what Real Saffron Aroma is. It smells like a combination of hay and honey.
- To check saffron purity take a couple of Saffron threads after soaking them in cold water for a few minutes. Rub the threads back and forth and if you have fake saffron, the saffron threads will come apart or convert to dust or liquid whereas pure saffron will not break.