Saffron shopping in Srinagar Kashmir

How to identify pure saffron from fake saffron

Saffron, known as ‘Kesar’ in India, is perhaps one of the most expensive spices in the world. Since Kashmir is the only place in India famous for growing saffron, most tourists end up buying saffron to take back home for themselves or for friends and family.

Buying Saffron in Srinagar

Tourists quite often feel that since saffron is grown in Srinagar, what they buy here would be pure and cheaper. In Srinagar, saffron is sold just about everywhere, sadly there is a lot of fake saffron sold in Srinagar also. Imagine paying around $7/- for 1 gram of colored corn husk! In case you are wondering, that’s $7000 per kilogram! That some of the fake saffron sellers are walking away with from unsuspecting tourists.

Fake Saffron

In case you are wondering, what fake saffron is, it could be anything that looks similar to a saffron thread and colored to replicate the real stuff. Corn husk is probably one of the items that falls in this category, it is widely available and is usually free! Corn husk, colored to look like saffron can fool most people, especially tourists who will not realize that they have bought fake saffron until they leave Srinagar and are back home. Sellers of fake saffron know that tourists are easy targets. Fake saffron can be entirely fake or may have a few threads of pure saffron cunningly added to mislead customers.

How to identify fake and pure saffron

Saffron has an aroma and flavor that cannot be duplicated in fake saffron. The only thing that fake saffron makers can copy is the physical likeliness of saffron, so they can fool customers into buying it. They generally add the color real saffron gives out and package it in 1 gram plastic containers.

Testing saffron for purity

If you put a thread of real saffron in your mouth and it feels sweet, then it’s fake! Saffron threads when placed in cold water for a few minutes will color the water and come out still looking like the original saffron thread. If the color washes out and the thread when taken out has faded or completely lost its color, then it’s fake.

 Where to buy pure saffron in Srinagar

During my recent visit to Srinagar, my wife and I were fortunate enough to visit a saffron growing farm in Pampore, Srinagar. The owner of the farm gave us a guided tour and showed us how saffron is made. We also bought some saffron from their store and it turned out to be the best quality of saffron we have ever seen. Their store is located on Lethpora road which is one of the routes to go to Pahalgam from Srinagar. If you ever have the chance to take this route to Pahalgam, you can't miss this place. Their store is called Dilkash Saffron and is about 27 kilometers from Srinagar on the Pahalgam route. Their email is dikashsaffronbloom@gmail.com  On May 28, 2016 I received a email from them giving their contact phone numbers, These are provided here: 09596239028  and 09858992949 If you have saffron shopping to do, then this is the place to checkout. The owner's name here was Shabir Ahmed. Their store sells pure saffron that is from their own saffron farms. They supply their saffron to many cities in India and around the world.  
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Saffron shopping in Srinagar Kashmir

How to identify

pure saffron from

fake saffron

Saffron, known as ‘Kesar’ in India, is perhaps one of the most expensive spices in the world. Since Kashmir is the only place in India famous for growing saffron, most tourists end up buying saffron to take back home for themselves or for friends and family.

Buying Saffron in Srinagar

Tourists quite often feel that since saffron is grown in Srinagar, what they buy here would be pure and cheaper. In Srinagar, saffron is sold just about everywhere, sadly there is a lot of fake saffron sold in Srinagar also. Imagine paying around $7/- for 1 gram of colored corn husk! In case you are wondering, that’s $7000 per kilogram! That some of the fake saffron sellers are walking away with from unsuspecting tourists.

Fake Saffron

In case you are wondering, what fake saffron is, it could be anything that looks similar to a saffron thread and colored to replicate the real stuff. Corn husk is probably one of the items that falls in this category, it is widely available and is usually free! Corn husk, colored to look like saffron can fool most people, especially tourists who will not realize that they have bought fake saffron until they leave Srinagar and are back home. Sellers of fake saffron know that tourists are easy targets. Fake saffron can be entirely fake or may have a few threads of pure saffron cunningly added to mislead customers.

How to identify fake and pure saffron

Saffron has an aroma and flavor that cannot be duplicated in fake saffron. The only thing that fake saffron makers can copy is the physical likeliness of saffron, so they can fool customers into buying it. They generally add the color real saffron gives out and package it in 1 gram plastic containers.

Testing saffron for purity

If you put a thread of real saffron in your mouth and it feels sweet, then it’s fake! Saffron threads when placed in cold water for a few minutes will color the water and come out still looking like the original saffron thread. If the color washes out and the thread when taken out has faded or completely lost its color, then it’s fake.

 Where to buy pure saffron in Srinagar

During my recent visit to Srinagar, my wife and I were fortunate enough to visit a saffron growing farm in Pampore, Srinagar. The owner of the farm gave us a guided tour and showed us how saffron is made. We also bought some saffron from their store and it turned out to be the best quality of saffron we have ever seen. Their store is located on Lethpora road which is one of the routes to go to Pahalgam from Srinagar. If you ever have the chance to take this route to Pahalgam, you can't miss this place. Their store is called Dilkash Saffron and is about 27 kilometers from Srinagar on the Pahalgam route. Their email is dikashsaffronbloom@gmail.com On May 28, 2016 I received a email from them giving their contact phone numbers, These are provided here: 09596239028  and 09858992949 If you have saffron shopping to do, then this is the place to checkout. The owner's name here was Shabir Ahmed. Their store sells pure saffron that is from their own saffron farms. They supply their saffron to many cities in India and around the world.  
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