Kashmiri saffron has a Geographical Indication tag

Kashmiri saffron flowers

Kashmiri saffron has a Geographical Indication tag (GI), marking its ingenuity and making it illegal for anyone outside the valley to sell a similar product under the “Kashmiri saffron” name. Jammu & Kashmir is the only state in India that produces saffron, also known as ‘red gold’. Pampore is known as the ‘saffron bowl’; the town’s saffron is considered to be of superior quality because of the high concentration of crocin (8.72%) — which gives the saffron its darker colour and medicinal value — as compared to the Iranian variety (6.82%).

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