Saffron or Kesar is the name given to the three red dried stigmas attached to a yellow style, part of the flower of Crocus Sativus Linneaus. Saffron is also referred to as “Red Gold” and is considered as a precious spice, used to make recipes extra-special. Saffron is mainly added to recipes to enhance them during special occasions. It is also used extensively in milk, tea, coffee and other beverages. Saffron is a highly valued gift and when presented to an elder is considered a sign of respect. At Hills Gold, we understand the nature of saffron and take extra precautions to ensure that the saffron supplied by us is 100% genuine and guaranteed pure.
- ISO-3632 Category-1
- High levels of natural color, aroma and flavor
- 100% Pure & Natural
- Long red stigmas (filaments), mostly in 3’s, joined at the base by a small yellow style
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Saffron is 100% guaranteed pure, comprising of fine quality Pushali long filaments, as per ISO-3632 Category-1 norms. Saffron is carefully selected from the best saffron gardens in Iran. Its filaments have high level of natural color, flavor and aroma. Saffron comes in attractive premium plastic jars.
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When doing sampling and comparison with other brands, you can do the following simple test:
- Take 2 white bowls, filled with some water, one should be hot and other at room temperature. Place about 3 filaments of saffron in each. Observe the infusion developing over next 15-20 mins. The infusion at room temperature should develop very slowly (sign of good and pure saffron). Infusion in hot water should develop a bit quicker than the one at room temperature, but not instantly (instantly & rapidly developing infusion at room temperature or in hot water is a sign of possibility that artificial color may be present). After about 20 mins the infusion should have a beautiful golden color.
- Another physical check for good quality saffron (having filaments mostly in 3’s) is to very delicately tug the filaments from the bunch, without breaking them. You will notice that the filaments are mostly joint at the base with a small yellow part. The ends that are not joined should be trumpet-shaped. After soaking when the infusion is developed, the filaments increase in length from about 2 cm to 3-4 cm and their color changes from dark maroon to bright red (bright red is the color of saffron at time of harvesting from the saffron flowers ie. before drying and packing).
- You can also compare the saffron aroma by bringing your face close to the saffron and taking a slow and deep breath from your nose with mouth closed. If the aroma is pleasant it’s a sign of good quality saffron. As quality decreases, aroma becomes unpleasant.
- Flavor of genuine saffron is best experienced when soaked in hot or warm liquid and will be delicate and not strong.