Straight from the valley of Pampore, Royal Saffron Company brings to you the aroma of natural saffron and the freshness of pure walnut kernels. Royal Saffron Company (iso certified 9001 :2008) is a synonym for quality in agro products like saffron, walnuts kernels, and walnuts. We are reckoned in the markets for the manufacturing and exporting natural agro products. We are located in the heartland of saffron and walnut, growing areas of Kashmir. Pampore, near Srinagar, is the only place in the world, besides, Spain where saffron is grown. Pampore is famous worldwide for its finest quality Saffron. We are also an emerging name at abroad for our quality agro products.
As per the official figures available with Agriculture Department, 80 per cent of area in Pampore is under saffron cultivation. “Perhaps this is why Pampore is referred to as ‘Golden Bowl’ of Kashmir, J&K holds the distinction of being one of the major saffron producing places of the world. Saffron, reputed for its colour, flavour and aroma, for decades remains the world’s most expensive spice by weight. Saffron crocus is an autumn-flowering perennial plant. Experts said it grows best infriable, loose, low-density, well-watered and well-drained clay-calcareous soils with high organic content. Raised beds are traditionally used to promote good drainage, they said. According to experts, the saffron grown in Pampore is of the “best quality”.
“Pampore’s saffron is believed to posses the best quality for the soil there is excellent for its cultivation. Actually this place was blessed by a saint several centuries ago
There are only two or three places in the whole world where saffron grows. Kashmir has the proud privilege of being one of these places. There are two locations in Kashmir where saffron grows. One of these two places is Pampore. Pampore is a small town, which is 13 km from Srinagar. The saffron plant is very small and its flower is the only part which is seen above the ground. The blooming time of this flower is autumn. Saffron has a unique sweet smell and is used in dyeing and cooking.
The state of Jammu and Kashmir is the place where saffron is predominately cultivated in India. In fact Kashmir is considered one of the three prominent cultivating places of saffron all over the world. Kashmiri saffron is seen as the legend of the saffron species where it has been grown in the fields of Pampore near Srinagar for close to 2500 years. (The name pampore is derived from Padmapur meaning (lotus city). Pampore also called Pampur is a ‘notified area committee’ town in Pulwama District of the northernmost State of India – Jammu and Kashmir. Situated on the eastern bank of Veth also known as Jhelum, Pampore is one of the 3 Tehsils of the Pulwama District. Pampore is located at 34.02°N 74.93°E with an average elevation of 1,574 metres (5,164 feet).
Pampore derives its name from its erstwhile name which was called ‘Padmanpore’ which meant ‘Land of Gold’ (Saffron). Pampore’s ennial produce – the world’s most sought after wonder spice - Saffron. Pampore is a beautiful town with subdivided areas whose names usually end at "bal", like Kadlabal , Namlabal, etc. It has been India’s destination for Saffron for 2500 years making it a landmark territory in the history of Saffron civilization. The fields of Saffron are a big attraction and a crowd-puller of Pampore. Every year, thousands of curious tourists flock to Pampore to see this incredibly beautiful endless landscape of bright purple flowers which are actually spice – and the most expensive one at that.
Saffron the spice, also called ‘Kesar’ and ‘Zaffran’ in Kashmir, has medicinal properties and is known to help cure mild Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, gastrointestinal ailments and depression. It was also used in cosmetics by the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra and there on by other civilizations like the Islamic civilization as well. This explains why Saffron is in highest demand over all other spices. And what makes Saffron the most expensive spice is that it takes 1, 75,000 saffron flowers to make one kilo of dried Saffron that are ready for consumption and pampore is the second highest high-quality producer of Saffron in the world. And Saffron is the main source for export-earnings in Pampore. The fact that Pampore is earmarked for future development by the Indian Government shows how important this geography is to the country. The Agriculture Ministry already sanctioned Rs. 373 crores last year for setting up a ‘Spice Park’ under the Spice Board of India for regulating quality of saffron and for providing local farmers better marketing facilities. The Agriculture Department also plans to send some Saffron farmers to Spain, Iran and Greece in order to teach them advanced foreign farming technologies.
At an elevation of 5100 feet above sea level and sprawled all across the Eastern bank of the Jhelum River, Pampore has Mediterranean Maquis which is best suited for the cultivation of Saffron. Today, Saffron is used as a seasoning, colouring, aromatic and curative agent.