Fake saffron looks similar to real saffron and coloured to copy the real item due to the high price such a black market arises. Corn husk is usually one of the substances used to scam buyers & can fool most people, especially tourists who may not be experienced saffron buyers.
Saffron has a very unique and distinct scent and flavor that cannot be duplicated in counterfeit product. It is only the physical appearance that looks to be real saffron so they can fool customers. If you put a thread of real saffron in your mouth and it feels sweet, then it’s fake!Saffron threads when placed in cold water for a few minutes will colour the water and come out still looking like the original saffron thread. If the colour washes out and the thread when taken out has faded or completely lost its colour, then it’ is not real.
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