How to Distinguish Between Real & Fake Saffron

The importance of saffron has been recognized since ancient times, and people have managed to keep its trade on a global scale to this day.

However, due to the high cost of this product, a large number of additives, and the numerous frauds in this industry, it is important to know a few methods to distinguish the genuine from the fake. However, the exact purity of saffron and the specifics of saffron ingredients are exactly determined in the laboratory.

In this blog, we are going to discuss a few methods that will help you to distinguish between the original & fake saffron & buying the best one whether you are buying a few grams or 1 kg saffron in Dubai at a good price


According to several experts, saffron has a lovely smell. We'd say it has a distinct, not quite sweet smell. Instead, it's both husky and sweet. As per one saffron producer,  the smell of the original saffron is a combination of soil, tobacco, vanilla, honey, and salty-sweet. In short, authentic saffron never tastes sweet; instead, it always has a sweet scent.

Time for watercolor release

Put the threads of saffron Dubai in a little container filled with warm water. Wait for at least 15 minutes. When the real saffron is added to water, it slowly turns yellow & the color change might take up to an hour. The real saffron threads retain their crimson color. If the water does not change color or change color slowly or turns red, or if the threads lose their color, know that it's not real saffron. Real saffron threads will also hold their shape if you massage them between your fingers after they have soaked. Fakes, on the other hand, often dissolve.


There's a strong likelihood it's not real saffron if it's not overly pricey. We all might have heard that if something seems too good to be true, it probably is (too good to be true.). So while buying saffron in Dubai, just remember if you are getting it for a lower price, it might not be the real one. 

Thread structure

Saffron threads have a trumpet-like appearance. A thread is phony if it does not swell at one end. Your skin will turn yellow or orange if you rub actual saffron between your fingers.


Although saffron has a lovely aroma, its flavor is slightly bitter rather than sweet. So, don't just buy it for its aroma. Most probably if you search for dry fruits shop near me, you can find a retailer for saffron but we recommend you to buy from the authentic retailer that offers you the best quality not just the aroma. 

Baking soda test

Mixing a little baking soda with water is another interesting way to find if the saffron is real or not. Add saffron to the water & baking soda mixture. If the saffron is genuine, the mixture of water and baking soda will become yellow & if it's fake, it'll become dim red.

Always buy from reputable brands/Retailers

The first step is to purchase your desired saffron from trusted brands and authorized retailers like Mira Farms. The same applies if you are in search of the best nuts online or some other dried fruits. This makes it much easier for us to get authentic saffron. Real saffron producers who operate legally and under valid licenses always run quality tests on their products. This indicates official approval of the product's top quality and eliminates the potential of fake saffron production.