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Kashmiri Saffron

Kashmiri Saffron:

As per recent reports Kashmiri saffron, can be the new silver.

  • Selling now at ₹3.25 lakh per kg, this sought-after condiment from Kashmir is costlier than precious metal.
  • Saffron production has long been restricted to a limited geographical area in the Union territory of Jammu & Kashmir.
  • Pampore region, in India, commonly known as Saffron bowl of Kashmir, is the main contributor to saffron production.
  • The unique characteristics of Kashmir saffron are its longer and thicker stigmas, natural deep-red colour, high aroma, bitter flavour, chemical-free processing, and high quantity of crocin (colouring strength), safranal (flavour) and picrocrocin (bitterness).
  • In India, saffron Corms (seeds) are cultivated during the months of June and July and at some places in August and September.
  • It is known for medicinal properties such as lowering blood pressure, treating anemia, migraines, and aiding insomnia.
  • Possesses cosmetic benefits, enhancing skin quality, reducing pigmentation, and minimizing spots.