How to recognize the original saffron?
This is a question that customers ask us! Saffron has long been called red gold because of its very high value and price. The high value of saffron has caused some profiteers to do some manipulation in providing this valuable spice and sell counterfeit saffron to customers instead of the original saffron. Nowadays, it is easy to diagnose the purity or non-purity of saffron in laboratories, but it is not easy for consumers to diagnose it. Manipulation in providing saffron is not limited to mixing a saffron-like plant with this product, but counterfeit saffron even involves making it heavier by using fat, honey, salt and sugar.
Here are some ways to distinguish original saffron from counterfeit saffron which helps you in this matter. Stay with us.
The original saffron color brings out slowly
If you pour some pen ink into a glass of water, you will see that the ink spreads quickly in the water and the water color becomes uniform. Therefore, if color has been used to prepare saffron or essential oil has been used to make it look better, after pouring it in water, the color spread quickly in water, then there is no doubt about the use of chemical color in it. But by pouring the original saffron in cold water, the coloring speed is much slower. The color of the original saffron in water is orange-yellow and of course crystalline. The intense red color in water is not a good sign, the chemicals used for dying more saffron may be harmful to your health.
Original saffron in hot water
Pour a little saffron in hot water (not boiling water), wait 5 minutes. If after 5 minutes the color of the saffron string does not turn white, it indicates that it is original. But if the color of saffron strand color changes and turns white after 5 minutes, it is a sign of artificial color.
Original saffron should not be fatty
Sometimes profiteers spray salt or oily water on saffron to increase its weight. An easy way to detect counterfeit saffron to which oil has been added is to pour some of it on white paper and press it on the paper with a finger for a few seconds. If you see traces of fat on paper, fake saffron is in your hands. Another way to identify it, is to first bring some water to boiling temperature and pour water into a clean glass, then pour a few saffron strings into it and put a plate on the glass. Put the other one on the glass. After ten minutes, if you see a layer of fat is on the surface of the water inside the glass, doubt the originality of the saffron.
Combine saffron with baking soda
There is another test to distinguish genuine saffron from counterfeit. Use baking soda. Combine a little saffron and baking soda in a cup of water. If the final liquid is yellow, saffron is original, otherwise (producing red and something like that) it is a counterfeit product.
The color of original saffron is intense red and it does not have a bright and shiny color at all. So if you see saffron that sparkles and is very bright, you should doubt its authenticity.
Saffron in cold water
Put saffron in cold water and after a few minutes, take it between your fingers and rub your fingers together for a few minutes. Fake saffron is quickly pulverized. But the original saffron strands are not destroyed.
Taste of saffron
Saffron contains a compound called Picrocrocin, which is responsible for the taste of saffron and makes it taste bitter. Pure saffron has a bitter taste and is somewhat astringent and sharp and is never sweet. If it tastes sweet, it was probably being added honey to make it heavier.
The original saffron tip is thick and get thinner when it reaches the end, and also the saffron strands have a curved shape. But the corn tassel is completely uniformly thin and straight (they color the corn cob).
Petrol is not the solvent of saffron
Saffron does not dissolve in petrol. To detect original saffron, you must put some saffron in petrol. If the petrol gets colored, it indicates that your saffron is not original. Note: Try not to buy saffron powder because saffron powder is the best way to cheat and it can only be diagnosis through a laboratory.