Dawn Lee Kashmiri Saffron
Saffron is a golden-colored, stigma (thread-like parts of the flower) that is used mainly as a seasoning and coloring agent in food. It has distinct aroma and is considered as an amazing flavor enhancer.
Adding a small amount of saffron gives food a rich taste and color. Saffron has a pungent, musty taste.
The process of crushing and soaking saffron releases the maximum amount of flavor from the threads. So in order to use saffron, crush it into a powder using a mortar and pestle and then soak the crushed saffron in warm water or milk.
Saffron also offers various health and beauty benefits.
It has been revered for its medicinal properties since ancient times.
- Saffron improves mood, memory and learning ability.
- It is also rich in anti-cancer and antidepressant properties.
- It is a powerful antioxidant.
- It is an excellent replacement for synthetic food coloring agents.
- Saffron is traditionally used to lighten, brighten, and clear skin.
Dawn Lee’s Specialty-
Harvesting saffron is a labor-intensive process thus making it the world’s most expensive spice. Dawn Lee provides finest quality saffron stigmas which are handpicked, manually sorted and dried under controlled conditions.
Good saffron consists of fine, evenly sized threads that are deep red in color with an orange tendril. Dawn Lee’s saffron threads are deep red color, is dry to the touch, long and of premium A+ quality. Dawn Lee saffron’s stronger scent also indicates a stronger, better flavor which is unadulterated and hygienically packed.
- Since saffron is an expensive product, the saffron available in market has many adulterants (like- saffron with yellow styles, safflower, and dyed corn stigma)
- Quick water tests for authenticity- Pure saffron gives yellow color in water whereas fake saffron gives light red color.
- Fake saffron looks shredded and has irregular threads with disconnected tendrils and pieces of bark mixed into the package. The scent is also not very strong and usually smells like bark.
- Too much yellow color and moistness are both signs of lower grade saffron.