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How can I Test Saffron For Purity?

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How can I Test Saffron For Purity?

A few simple tests could be useful to Ascertain Genuine Quality: Pure Saffron filament should impart yellow color to alcohol, ether, Chloroform, methanol and water, but not to benzone and xylem.   Pure Saffron filaments should not leave any oily stain when its filaments are pressed between unglazed papers indicating the absence of added mineral/Vegetable oil.   ┬áPresence of ash beyond 8% indicates added inorganic substance, which may be artificially...

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How is saffron quality measured?

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How is saffron quality measured?

Scientifically the most important factors in evaluating the quality of saffron are crocin, picrocrocin and saffranal. Crocin is the one which is measured, because it is a precursor to the other compounds, which together produce the three things Chefs all around the world are looking for : AROMA (Saffranal), Flavor (Picrocrocin) and Color (Crocin). Pure Red Stigmas will always measure higher on the coloring scale. The ISO has recommended coloring strength between 190-200 for a fine quality saffron. ...

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What should I Look For In Saffron?

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What should I Look For In Saffron?

Firstly for excellent quality ensures that the saffron has only bright red stigmas (red filaments) and no other part of saffron flower find way into the pack. That means no style (the yellow part) or any foreign matter. The style (i.e. yellow part) of the plant has no culinary value that means no aroma, flavor or color. If left attached to red stigmas, it adds dead weight to the saffron and the customer pays for it. Dryness (Moisture Not Be Beyond 4-5%) Saffron filaments (stigmas) must be dry and brittle to touch. Any presence of...

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