Saffron popularly known as Kesar, one of the world’s most expensive spice is derived from Crocus Sativus, or the purple saffron flower.
• Alluding to its yellow-orange color and high price, Saffron is often referred to as the Golden Spice.
• Saffron has been widely used for flavouring food, health benefits and as well a coloring agent for dishes and Indian sweets.
Saffron is expensive due to the difficult conditions of harvesting.
• Farmers must harvest the delicate threads from each flower by hand, making it a delicate craft passed over generations within the farming families.
• They then heat and cure the threads to bring out the flavor of the Saffron. This extra labor makes Saffron a unique and rare hand picked spice.
The Saffron strands that we are familiar with are basically the styles and stigma of the flower which are collected and dried to be sold across the country.
Kashmiri Saffron owing to its rich heritage and compatible weather conditions for growing the spice, is popular across the globe, for its rare and unique flavour. With such delicate & laborious efforts, farmers are able to ready only limited 2000 kgs of Saffron each year.
What distinguishes Pure Kashmiri Saffron from Italian, Spanish or Afghani Saffron is its high levels of Colour (safranal), Aroma (crocin) and Taste (picrocrocin); the most important factors for the spice.
Saffron or Kesar, which is an important food ingredient, is packed with numerous health benefits.
- Saffron water is immensely beneficial for our overall health, to boost immunity and give us strength.
- According to Ayurveda, Saffron possesses a pure quality as it can balance all the three doshas Pitta, Vata And Kapha within our body.
- Saffron mixed in face packs helps bring radiant glow to the skin.