Kasubha is not saffron

casaveneracion.com Kasubha is not saffron

It may look like saffron, it even does what saffron does (impart a yellow-orange hue to food) but kasubha is not saffron. The Tagalog Wikipedia got it wrong.

While saffron is derived from the saffron crocus, kasubha comes from the Carthamus tinctorius or, as it is more commonly known, safflower. Click here and here to see how different the two plants are from one another.

casaveneracion.com Kasubha is not saffron

The really curious thing is how kasubha is being marketed as saffron.

casaveneracion.com Kasubha is not saffron

That 20 gram jar of kasubha costs P36.25 (about USD0.84).

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with using kasubha. Cooking is about using what’s available and sustainable cooking is partly about using what’s locally available. Still, it bothers me that unscrupulous business entities are trying to hoodwink the public with such a misrepresentation. I knew it was kasubha when I bought that P36.25 jar. A small packet (half the size of a packet of yeast) of real saffron costs almost P300.00. I bought the jar of “saffron” primarily to blog about it — to more precise, to blog about the mislabeling and misrepresentation. And to use the content as kasubha in ways that I have always used it — to cook “goto” or tripe congee, arroz caldo…

The “goto” recipe is coming up next.


    • Connie says

      I agree. This product should not have been allowed in the market with that misleading label.

  1. says

    Whoa I didn’t know that kasubha is not actually saffron. To be fair, the pack I bought clearly said it was kasubha, but it also said in parentheses that it was saffron. Hmm! And I wondered why it was so cheap compared to the others in the spice shelf.

    • Connie says

      Apparently, the term “fake saffron” is acceptable. But most businesses selling kasubha forget to include “fake.” LOL

  2. says

    I also noticed that in a lot of supermarkets. Minsan pa, magkatabi yung “fake” saffron and the real saffron. I knew that the lesser priced “saffron” was a bit dubious cos the real thing is just so expensive. Hay!

  3. mareza says

    even in Dubai they sell fake ones…if they selling it for cheap chances are they are.the test is to dip few strands in water if it comes out red it is fake…the water should be dark orange in color,( they sell it tingi from a box and came from Iran)

  4. Connie says

    I wonder if all those wrong labels are the result of honest ignorance or a real intention to mislead and cheat.