What is Kesar (केसर) – Kesar (केसर) is the Hindi name name for Saffron (Kesar). Saafron is also called Kesar in Gujarati (કેસર), Punjabi (ਕੇਸਰ) & Urdu (کیسر) as well. Saffron is a spice derived from the flower of Crocus sativus L., commonly known as the “saffron crocus“. It belongs to the Iridaceae
The vivid crimson stigma and styles, called threads, are collected and dried for use mainly as a seasoning and colouring agent in food.
Kesar (केसर) has been the world’s most costly spice by weight for long. It was first grown in Iran, where currently about 90% of the global production comes from.
Other producing countries are Spain, Greece, Italy, Morocco, Egypt, Israel, New Zealand, Australia, Pakistan, and India. In India, it is cultivated in Jammu & Kashmir and in Himachal Pradesh.
Read more: Health Benefits of Kesar
Kesar or Saffron is an excellent source of minerals like copper, potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, selenium, zinc and magnesium.