Red Gold of Kashmir Safran
Safran in French or Saffron, generally known as "Sun Spice," comes from the stigma of the flower Crocus sativus.
These stigmas are located in the flower's bloom's focal point and are connected with short stems in blossom.
It is said that this spice was brought to France by Spanish armed forces, knights, and merchants.
There are various stories about how the spice came to India. Some say Sufi saints brought it. Others believe that Lord Krishna used the spice every day as a tilak on the forehead.
It is used worldwide in cheddar cheese, snacks, and refreshments in cooked curries, meat dishes, and soups.
It's not just the most expensive spice on earth - it's also the most liked flavors.
The reason why this spice is expensive is that it is naturally grown. This great flavor demands a ton of hard physical work to handpick, dry, manage, and pack.
It is sold worldwide in grams—the world's largest exporter is Iran selling worth $51 million of the spice.
India and Spain are also massive importers other than Iran. India imports about 20 tons per year from Iran and other leading producers like China and Spain.
These are the common factors that affect the price of this spice, making it so expensive.
The more (dirt, dust, etc.) and coloring added to the spice, the poorer is its quality.
In India, this spice is exclusively grown in Kashmir. It is handpicked and dried manually.
This little red blossom has many beneficial properties. It is consumed for its flavor and healing qualities.
It is said that this spice was first used in Greece for its medicine/healing purposes. Greeks used it to improve mood, memory, and libido.
Saffron helps relieve cold, cough, stomach issues, sleeping sickness/problems, and heart issues.
It is also useful for your skin. It has manganese, which directs glucose and gives you radiant skin.
You can combine its flavor with milk. It aids digestion, appetite management, and nourishes your skin.
Drinking milk or water infused with this spice regularly before you rest leads to sound sleep and light up your skin.
It is filled with vitamin C and has calming and anti-bacterial properties.
It has large quantities of minerals; however, it's well-known compounds are carotenoids.
It helps in developing strong, healthy bones in young children. It has calcium, which helps in building healthy bones.
This spice also contains a couple of essential oils, which influence the taste. It comprises oils such as geranium, limonene, tile, and carried.
This spice is beneficial to the brain and mental health too. It can fight the decline in brain health, improve thinking ability, and fight Parkinson's disease.
This spice is said to curb the growth of harmful cells. It boosts the
immune system and helps us fight many diseases.
It also promotes sexual wellness. Ladies who took this spice were found to have less sexual pain, expanded drive.
How do I store this spice?
Store it in a spotless, sealed holder. In dampness and high moistness levels, the spice loses its properties quickly.
Light, temperature, and oxygen impact the freshness of the spice.
You should keep it in a cool and dry spot away from daylight. Use wooden shelves or drawers since metal ones heat up.
How to test the purity of the spice?
There are a few simple ways in which you can test this spice.
The spice smells sweet, but it tastes bitter. Some say it is as bitter as tobacco.
The stigmas never lose color. They turn the milk or water orange-red, but they never lose their color.
The spice never dissolves. It is a non-soluble spice. Also, it takes at least 10-15 minutes to dye the liquid.
A few indicators determine the quality of this spice. However, not many are aware of these indicators.
Some sellers take advantage of consumers' naivety and end up scamming them into buying inferior quality Saffron at a ridiculously high price.
The following are some things you should know.
a. Stigma and style.
The purest spice is the one that contains just the stigma of the flower.
Including the style of the flower is a common practice. However, some sellers scam their buyers by adding other parts of the Crocus Sativa flower.
b. Crocin, Safranal, and Picrocrocin levels.
Crocin, Safranal, and Picrocrocin determine the color, aroma, and flavor. The levels of these elements determine the quality or the grade.
The levels of these elements are tested in the laboratory. High levels of these elements are an indicator of better quality.
Grade 1 A+ Stigmas only. It is also known as 'All Red.'
Grade 2 A It includes the yellow-white style ends of the stigma along with the stigmas.
Grade 3 B It includes the entire style and the stigma, all attached.
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This red spice is export quality from Pampore Kashmir it is bit expensive. But if you ignore to the price and calculate it on the basis of number of threads or strands.
You get in 1 Gm or 1 kg price. for example if you buy 1 gm safran It last for nearly one and half month even if you use it daily. Then this price is lowest only.
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