The Guruvayur Devaswom will henceforth purchase saffron from the Jammu and Kashmir Agro Industries Development Corporation. The devaswom will buy Kashmiri Mogra Saffron A grade at Rs. 1.20 lakh a kg. The corporation will provide reports of the laboratory tests for grading the saffron.
Saffron is graded through laboratory measurement of crocin (colour), picrocrocin (taste), and safranal (fragrance) content. Grading standards are set by the International Organization for Standardization, a federation of national standards bodies.
Saffron is used to prepare “kalabham”, an offering at the Guruvayur Sreekrishna Temple. The temple needs 120 kgs of saffron a year. A small ball of “Kalabham” is priced at Rs. 950.