There are possible ways to recognize pure saffron. When purchasing saffron, check the color of the stigmas. Real saffron will have a deep red or purple hue. If the stigmas are light yellow or orange, they are probably fake. If you hold a stigma of saffron between your fingers for a minute, you would see its golden hue marks on your finger. The fake ones would release a deep red color. Real saffron has a sharp bitter taste. If you feel a sweet flavor in your mouth, be sure that it is not genuine. Another way to tell if saffron is real is to smell it. Real saffron will have a strong, pungent aroma. If the saffron you’re considering doesn’t have much of an aroma, it’s likely counterfeit

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