The Differences Between Natural Spices and Fakes ones
Natural saffron is very expensive. When buying it at a "good price," you risk buying a fake made from turmeric, safflower, or dried beetroot. The quality product is homogeneous, without crumbs, and of a rich burgundy or dark red color. When ground, saffron gets a powdery texture. If you dissolve the spice in water, it will be colored in the spice color only after 15 minutes.