Saffron is known to be the world's most expensive spice. Saffron is derived from the dried stigmas of the autumn flowers "crocus sativus linnaeus". The stigmas of each plant are carefully picked up by hand and goes through an intensive drying process. Saffron has been used as a spice and coloring agent for centuries and is said to have many medicinal properties. Pure saffron strands contain red and yellow portions of the stigma. The quality of saffron is measured by its color. Dark red color means higher quality saffron. Adulteration is done to saffron by adding similar materials or by dyeing the lower quality saffron strands Dark Maroon Red.
Best Kashmiri Saffron
There are 3 varieties of saffron in the market – Kashmiri Saffron from India, Iranian Saffron from Iran and Spanish Saffron from Spain. Among the three, Kashmiri saffron is the world famous as Kashmir is blessed with the perfect climate for saffron cultivation.