Saffron is known to be the world's most expensive spice. Throughout history, dishonest dealers would adulterate their saffron by adding similar materials for added weight or by dyeing the lower quality saffron strands red, which is the sign of good quality saffron. Lately, there are reports that cough syrups have been found in some saffron and that a synthetic stigma is too difficult to be distinguished from the real stigma being produced and sold at lower prices. Pure saffron contains only the stigma of the Crocus flower with nothing else added. The saffron we sell on this site is procured by highly trusted suppliers that are well known world wide for their quality for many decades.
There are only two or three places in the whole world where saffron grows. Kashmir has the proud privilege of being one of these places. There are two locations in Kashmir where saffron grows. One of these two places is Pampore. Pampore is a small town, which is 13 km from Srinagar. The saffron plant is very small and its flower is the only part which is seen above the ground. The blooming time of this flower is autumn. Saffron has a unique sweet smell and is used in dyeing and cooking.