Fake saffron is still a common problem when you go shopping. It’s because some sellers add things like honey or oil to the saffron to make it heavier. They do this so they can charge you more. But you can figure out if saffron is real by looking at a few things: what it tastes like, what it smells like, what it looks like, and how much it costs.
If you taste real saffron, it won’t be sweet. If you get something sweet, it’s fake. The real stuff should taste a little bit bitter. Then, there’s the way it smells. If you have real saffron, even a tiny bit should smell strong. Fake saffron hardly smells at all. The smell of real saffron is pretty special—it’s like a mix of the smell of the ground, some sweet stuff like vanilla and honey, and a bit of tobacco.
Real saffron looks unique, too. It’s usually a very bright red color, and the ends of the threads are a little bit lighter. If you put real saffron in water, it keeps its red color, and the water turns a yellow color like honey. Fake saffron will make the water a weak red color and lose its color when you take it out. If you get your fingers wet and then rub real saffron, your fingers will pick up a bit of its color—orange, red, or yellow.
Authentic saffron will smell pleasantly sweet but should never have a sweet taste.
But you don’t need to worry about all this if you buy from our store. We make sure that we only sell real saffron. We check it’s good stuff so that you don’t have to do all these tests. You can trust us to send you the real deal.