What is Saffron?
Saffron is a spice derived from the flower of Crocus sativus, commonly known as the "saffron crocus".
Saffron is the world's costliest spice by weight.
Why is it so expensive?
Each flower produces only three threads (stigmas) of saffron, and it blooms for only one week each year.
It takes about 75,000 flowers to produce just 500g of saffron.
Types of Saffron:
The three most widely used forms of saffron are:
1. Lacha or Mongra Saffron – Cultivated only in Kashmiri Soil, Lacha Saffron can be distinguished from its dark crimson red threads. Darkest of all the Saffron varieties across the globe, it is considered the best saffron in the world due to its long-lasting flavour and aroma. Very expensive, Lacha Saffron is rarely found anywhere apart from India.
2. Aquila Saffron – Cultivated in the Navelli Valley and Sardinia in Italy, it is the Iranian Saffron also known as Aquila. Iran accounts for the largest production of Aquila Saffron in the world. This particular saffron type is shorter than Kashmiri Saffron, and hence the thread is small too. It is lighter red, but it is regarded high in quality. Produced in bulk, Aquila Saffron is available in abundance and is priced decently.
3. Creme and Spanish Superior Saffron: Commonly used in the USA, Spanish Superior Saffron contains more yellow parts from the style of the plant and higher floral waste which makes it less expensive than other saffron varieties.
Our Farmer's Location
Our farmer Sajad's farm is located near Pampore, Kashmir about 30km from Srinagar. The farm is owned by his family and they have been cultivation saffron for more than 20 years.
How to identify real saffron?
Rub the Saffron threads with your fingers: Rub the threads with your fingers back and forth two-three times. If the saffron threads fall apart you are dealing with a fake saffron, low-quality saffron.
Taste it: If you feel a sweet taste, then you have low-quality saffron. Quality saffron tastes slightly bitter.
Smell: Original Saffron should smell sweet, but never taste Sweet!
Colour and shape: High-quality saffrons are deep red in colour and contain little to no yellow colour, and threads are trumpet-shaped.
Health Benefits of Saffron
Reduce Appetite and Aid Weight Loss
It been shown to reduce snacking and curb your appetite. In turn, these
behaviours may help you lose weight.
May Reduce Heart Disease Risk
It's antioxidant properties lowers
blood cholesterol and prevents blood vessels and arteries from clogging
Reduces PMS Symptoms
Saffron helps treat PMS symptoms, such as irritability, headaches, cravings, pain, and anxiety.