The subsequent time you wish to purchase ‘Kesar’ (saffron), do attempt Kashmiri saffron, Prime Minister Narendra Modi mentioned on Sunday in his month-to-month radio programme ‘Mann Ki Baat’, whereas stressing that “we wish Kashmiri saffron to be a globally standard model”.
Noting that saffron is connected with Kashmir for hundreds of years and it’s produced in Pulwama, Budgam and Kishtwar areas of the Union territory, the Prime Minister mentioned “Kashmiri saffron has been given Geographical Indication (GI) tag this yr”.
“By means of the GI tag, we wish to make Kashmiri saffron as a globally standard model.”
Going again in historical past, the Prime Minister talked about how Abul Fazl, a outstanding member of Akbar’s court docket, described the saffron after his go to to Kashmir for the primary time.
Modi mentioned that Kashmiri saffron is globally well-known as a spice which has quite a lot of medicinal properties. “It is vitally aromatic, its color is thick. Kashmiri saffron represents the cultural heritage of Jammu & Kashmir. Kashmiri saffron could be very distinctive on the subject of its high quality. It’s also completely different from saffron in different international locations. Kashmiri saffron has been distinguished by its GI tag.”