3 Ways to Distinguish Original and Fake Saffron
Unfortunately, due to the high value of saffron we have observed fake saffron sales in the market. Some suppliers have tried to make chemicals similar to saffron, but the European market has been able to distinguish original and fake saffron. Although it is easy to distinguish in the lab, consumers cannot usually tell fake and original saffron. One of the ways that some suppliers use to gain more profit is adding some vegetable oil and honey to make saffron heavier. Adding artificial color is one other way that they use to color the white parts of the king of spices.
In order to understand if the saffron has additive oil you can crush it between your fingers or on a piece of paper. If an unusual oily texture remains on paper or finger, the saffron weight is lighter than it shows on the scale.
Artificial colors can only be identified in the laboratory. Unfortunately, using artificial colors to make fake colored saffron is very harmful for health.
There is also another similar plant, called safflower. Mixing it into saffron, fraudulent suppliers sell it at the same price as saffron. Identifying safflower from saffron is also difficult for consumers, as it similarly produces yellow color just like saffron, but it does not have the smell of saffron with it.
The best way to make sure you are using the original saffron is to purchase it from valid well-known producers and suppliers around the world. The Unique Natural brand has always been adhered to the principle that it should deliver the best product to the consumer. Therefore, Unique Natural saffron is hand picked from the best saffron farms and is marketed after undergoing quality tests and controls.