When you asked this question, you may hear two different answers, red and yellow. Both of them are correct. The saffron strands are red, but the brewed spice has the golden yellow color. In this article, Queen of Flowers tries to explain the color of this golden spice and the method of knowing real saffron based on its color.
What is saffron?
The saffron is the thread of the lilac flower, named Crocus Sativus. These threads have two parts; the top three centimeters called the stigma and has a red color, the last one centimeter of the threads called root and the root is orange.
Hence, we can say that the crocus flower, which is known as saffron flower, had lilac color. The saffron thread is red and orange. However, the brewed strands have a yellow color with reddish tone.
How the saffron color will change?
When you add saffron threads or grounded spice to the warm water the color of water changes to golden yellow. It is due to the carotenoid component, which is called the crocin. This chemical factor is the main reason of this sunshine spice golden color.
Actually, when you add the magical spice to hot, warm or cold water or even ice cubes, chemical action occurred, and the color of saffron threads release into the water, and make the color of orange tones.
In order to have a great color, it is better to use ice cubes and grounded spice. Do not forget to give the brewed mixture at least 10 minutes to get ready.
This magical spice could release its color on foods, desserts and beverages. The famous yellow rice known as saffron rice. It changes the color all of all its mixtures to bright golden yellow with a reddish tone.
How could you have the best color of the golden spice?
Do you know how to brew saffron? You should add this spice to warm or hot water, ice cubes, broth or milk. The point is that the amount and the form of the spice you want to add.
You can add two or three threads or a pinch of spice powder. It is better to use the powder.
You should add your spice to water, ice, milk or broth. When you want to have the best color, it is better to use ice cubes to brew your spice. If you want to make saffron tea, brew it in ice cubes, and after the ice melted, pour hot water for hot saffron tea. You can use this trick in all saffron usages.
How to know real saffron based on its color?
The real saffron threads are red. If the saffron type is Pushal or Daste, at the end of each strand there is an orange root part. There are many different ways to recognize the real red gold. Certainly, the first thing that you can see is the color of the magical spice; this is one of the most important ways that help you to recognize the real red gold.
The real saffron is red, but if you press it between your fingers, you can see its yellow color on your fingers. Fake saffron would give no color to your skin.
When you brew real magical spice, its need time, at least 7 minutes to change the color of brewing mixture, while fake saffron releases its artificial color in 2 minutes.
The real strands of the golden spice release their color to the brewing mixture, but they do not lose their own color. It means that after brewing this spice the strands are still red, and the brewing mixture has a bright golden yellow color. On the other side, the fake threads lose their colors in the brewing mixture, and become orange or yellow after brewing.
When you use saffron, in color, you can have an orange tone. The most important point about saffron colour is that the color of the strands and saffron water are different. Actually, the color of saffron water is like the root part of stigmas, but when you brewed the root part of the spice, there is no color, or in the best quality ones, the color is so weak.
Be careful about the red color of the red gold when you want to buy the most expensive spice in the world.