The costliest spice on earth is saffron which is almost as costly as gold. Saffron is made of the crocus sativus. With 95% of the worlds saffron, Iran is the worlds largest saffron producer. Saffron will always be expensive and the ones you buy at a low cost are probably adulterated.
While buying saffron you should make sure of the following:
- The thread is red in color.
- The threads must be dry and brittle to touch.
- The aroma is strong and fresh and never musty.
The major producers of saffron are Iran, Spain and Greece. Kashmiri saffron is often called ‘lachha’ and is world famous for its health benefits and fragrance.
Some facts about saffron:
- Saffron contains crocus, which makes it taste bitter. Take 1 or 2 strands in between your teeth and taste for bitterness.
- Saffron has many health benefits. It protects against cancer, it promotes learning and memory retention, and increases vitality.
- Saffron is a good replacement for synthetic food additives. A small pinch of saffron in a large dish of food gives the dish a better taste and aroma.