Kashmir Saffron has been given the Geographical Indication (GI) tag by the Geographical Indications Registry. The application was filed by the Directorate of Agriculture, Government of Jammu and Kashmir, and facilitated by the Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agriculture Sciences and Technology, Kashmir, and Saffron Research Station, Dussu (Pampore). The spice is grown in some regions of Kashmir, including Pulwama, Budgam, Kishtwar and Srinagar.
With the GI tag, Kashmir saffron would gain more importance in the export market.
Kashmir saffron is used in various fields. It rejuvenates health and is used in cosmetics and for medicinal purposes. It represents the rich cultural heritage of Kashmir. The unique characteristics of Kashmir saffron are its longer and thicker stigmas, natural deep-red colour, high aroma, bitter flavour, chemical-free processing, and high quantity of crocin (colouring strength), safranal (flavour) and picrocrocin (bitterness).
It is the only saffron in the world which is grown at an altitude of 1,600 m to 1,800 m above sea level.