Colour is virtually running riot in Pampore, an otherwise nondescript town in Jammu and Kashmir, as millions of saffron flowers bloom. India is among the world’s four biggest producers of saffron – a spice used in cuisine all over the world – and Kashmir is India’s prime producer. And within Kashmir, Pampore (Kashmir Saffron Town) accounts for 80 percent of the produce.
And this autumn – with arrival of saffron harvesting season – Pampore is once again living up to its reputation as the ‘Saffron Town’.
Hundreds of men, women and children have descended on its undulating plains to pluck the saffron flowers, carpeting the floor.
Iran far outstrips India in saffron production. But Kashmiri saffron (also known as Kashmir saffron) is known to have the edge when it comes to aroma, making it the costliest.
‘Red Gold’ as it is called, the cultivation of saffron is a lifeline for thousands in the troubled region rocked by two decades of insurgency. A good harvest is what they are all looking for, and there is a feel of festivity in the air as saffron is harvested, for processing and its onward journey to ultimately spice up palates.
Kashmiri Saffron Price
Pure Kashmiri Saffron Only will Be available Local Vendor Of Kashmir where Actually Saffron Grown. Not in Kashmir But Some Part Of Kashmir cultivate Saffron which Is Saffron Town ( Pampore )
Regarding Costs Depends what Types of Saffron You want To Purchase:
3 Main Types Of Saffron Are currently available In The Market however the home Use Of Saffron Raw and Kashmir Mongra Saffron. Lacha Kashmir Saffron Is Used by Companies.
If you contact a genuine dealer directly he will provide you 100% pure saffron though its quality also varies according to the area in which it is grown, Saffron is richest source of Vitamin E and according to Ayurveda is an aphrodisiac for many ailments, Saffron from Pampore area is considered as best with the price somewhere in between 150 to 220 INR per gram
Kashmiri Saffron given GI Tag: Know what is Geographical Indication (GI) Tag?
You must have heard Mathura’s Peda, Agra’s Petha, Darjeeling tea, Black rice of Manipur, Banarasi, and Kanjeevaram Sarees are very famous in India by their names and every shopkeeper wants to sell their products with these names. This is called a Geographical Indication (GI) tag.
So far, around 361 products in India have received GI Tag. Kashmiri Saffron is the latest which got this tag. The first GI tag was issued to Darjeeling tea in 2004.
A geographical indication is a name or mark that is given to, agricultural products’ natural and manufactured products (sweets, handicrafts, and industrial goods) of a particular region (country or states or a town). Geographical Indication (GI) tag is given to only those products that are special in quality and unique in features. No one is allowed to use this name other than the region to which this tag is given.
Who Give GI Tag in India?
This tag is issued as per the Geographical Indication of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999. This tag is given by the Geographical Indication Registry under the Department of Industry Promotion and Internal Trade, Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
The Geographical Indication Registry has given GI tag to Kashmiri Saffron on the application of the Directorate of Agriculture, Government of Jammu and Kashmir.
Benefits of GI tag for Kashmiri Saffron
After getting the GI tag, the producers of Kashmiri Saffron can differentiate their saffron from the low-quality saffron of Iran and other countries. So Kashmiri Saffron producers can charge a bit higher prices to cover the loss.
After the GI tag, the customers will not hesitate to pay higher prices for the good quality Kashmiri saffron. Hence GI tag will not only increase the benefits of the producers but also open the door in the international markets.
[With Inputs From Aljazeera and Jagran Josh]