Saffron is an Exotic Spice known for its versatile usage. This Golden Spice is found from the Crocus Flower. Specifically, Saffron is plucked three red stigmas inside the flower. It is native to Southwest Asia, but was first cultivated in Greece and later cherished in Iran, Middle-East, Spain and Rest of Europe.
Kashmiri saffron has the most intense color and aroma, especially when compared to the milder Spanish saffron. The crimson stigmas are hand-picked, collected and dried for distribution. Its deep red threads yield a gorgeous and rich yellow color when soaked in hot water, making it a wonderful natural dye. Just like diamonds, saffron’s quality is graded and there’s even a number scale. For the best quality of saffron, choose saffron threads (not powder) that are Deep red..
The saffron flower is composed of 6 purple petals, 3 golden-yellow stamens, and one red pistil. It is this famous pistil made up of 3 stigmas (filaments) which when dried up gives the spice Saffron.