85% of the saffron on offer across the world is fake. If you’re looking to use this delicate spice to flavour your food and want the real stuff, you might just have to grow your own.
If you put a small strand of saffron in water, or take it and, after wetting a finger, rub it into your palm. The result should be that the water turns yellow. If it doesn’t, or if it dyes the water or your fingers red, then it’s not saffron but some fake, cheaper ingredient like plastic, dried meat, turmeric, curcuma, calendula or suchlike.
Sold as a Packet of Bulbs.