Sunday, December 4, 2011

Saffron - Kesar or Keshar - केसर, ज़ाफ़रान

Saffron - Kesar or Keshar - केसर, ज़ाफ़रान

The dried stigmas of the saffron crocus flower are known as saffron.  Each flower contains three bright red stigmas that are handpicked, an extremely labor-intensive process, making it one of the world's most expensive spices.  The stigmas are dried until they shrink into slender, delicate thread-like, strands with a bright orange-red color and delicate aroma.

Pure Saffron - World's most expensive spice

Close-up look - Saffron is used in small amounts to flavor Nepali dishes.  The threads are usually crushed and infused in warm liquids to extract their full aroma and flavor and to give even color to the dish.

Saffron is available in strands and in ground form in an airtight container, dated and labeled with the source in Indian, Middle Eastern, and regular supermarkets. Good quality saffron has a strong pleasant flavor, and is light, glossy, and soft to touch.  Ground saffron loses its potency more quickly and can be easily adulterated with fillers unless you get it from a reputed spice vendor.




13 comments:

  1. buy best quality saffron at your door step. kesar is good for health and this best for pregnant women for his child. kesar is Indian name of saffron.

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  2. Thank you for visiting the Taste of Nepal blog and taking time to comment. It is a site dedicated to the exploration of flavors, cuisine, culture, and festivals of Nepal. Taste of Nepal blog have no interest in advertising and other promotional materials. I would appreciate if you could keep your comments relevant to the culinary and culture heritage of Nepal.

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  3. What is the price in nepal per gram for this stuff.Thank you

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  4. Can any of my blog readers help me here with the price of saffron in Nepal?

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  6. Is it possible to cultivate in Nepal ?

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    1. Thank you for writing. I have not met any person who grows saffron crocus bulbs and harvest in Nepal.....

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    2. Yes it is possible in nepal too. Especially in the landforms of mid terai where maize,wheat ,barley cant be produced and must lie in rain shadow area. The land must not have too much moisture and pH value should be 6 to 8 .

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  7. can u please quote me the the best price of saffron and inbox me at 9851190819

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    1. Dear Dhaulagiri Cyber
      I am a Nepali cookbook writer and a food blogger...I write about Nepal's unique culture, cuisines, regional foods, ingredients, recipes, festivals, lifestyles and many more. How can I answer your question, please check your local store for best price of saffron.

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  8. Can we cultivate in Nepal for personal and commercial use ?

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