Increasing the weight of saffron by blending this plant to lipid, honey and so on. The best and the most respectful way to cheat at the sale of Red Gold is to dye the white parts of this plant with the natural color of saffron, which consumers won’t diagnose. But the following information may help you when you buy this product.
Fraud in saffron is not limited to mix a saffron-like plant with these products, but fake saffron even involves weighting it with fat, honey, salt and sugar because it has a high value, and each gram is sold for more than 30 USD in the market, so it makes swindlers to do whatever they can do to fraud in this field.
One of the ways to cheat in saffron is to smear stigmas with some kind of fat, sugar, salt or honey and increase its weight, according to “Jam-e-Jam Saraa”.
Swindlers professionally and sometimes by specialized method cheat, which simply the purity or impurity of saffron cannot be recognized, because they try hard for months to pocket a tidy sum by mix this plant with other materials.
Professional swindlers spray this liquid into saffron, the weight of saffron increases when it dries, which is not easily recognizable.
Honey or oily saffron identification methods!
Although saffron purity is easily detectable in labs, but it is not easy for consumers to diagnose it. However, if the saffron stigmas are very shiny, it should be doubtful. Or, if you see this abnormal appearance, squeeze it between your fingers or on paper, to see if any substance stick on paper, or if the paper and fingers become greasy, in this case, it is determined that saffron is mixed with a special fat to increase its weight.
Artificial colors, dangerous deception in saffron
Another way to cheat at saffron is to use artificial color; if artificial colors are used in saffron, it can be detected in the laboratory, because its low coloring strength will reflect this fraud. These artificial colors are very dangerous to human health.
Faking that forgers can swear on that!
Another method of fraud in saffron is to use the natural color of this plant to dye other white parts of saffron and mix it with this color, this is the most respectful method of cheating, which unfortunately is very common.
Fraudsters and suppliers can also swear on the purity of their saffron because they have not used anything other than saffron, but the method of identifying this type of fraud is very difficult for consumers.
How should be the appearance of saffron?
The appearance of saffron is one of the ways to identify it purely. The appearance of this product is similar to clove, the bottom of which is a toothed, flattened and look like scissors. Also, the color of the saffron should be dark red, not bright, and the shape of the stigmas should not be shiny.
A way to recognize quality
Good and pure saffron can be detected through color and odor. The color of high grade saffron is yellowish red-orange. Saffron has a very pleasant smell so the more smell the fresher saffron is. It should not be forgotten that the fewer smell is a sign that the saffron is old, or not pure.
The taste and good color of saffron depends on the type of saffron. The stronger the saffron is in food, the color is Mikado yellow, golden or red. The lighter it is in food, the color will be lesser. If the saffron is fresh and it has been kept away from heat, sunlight and moisture, and in glass containers in good condition and ecologically suitable for cultivation in appropriate weather conditions, the taste and smell will be better. Do not forget, saffron batch is the best type of saffron and during the process of movement, a part of the saffron may be crushed and only the lower part will remain, which reduces the quality of saffron and its value.
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