Zaran "Golden" Saffron - A History of Persia through Saffron

Zaran "Golden" Saffron - A History of Persia through Saffron

Persian Saffron

Saffron has been cultivated in Persia (Modern Day Iran) for over four millennia. Persian Saffron accounts for approximately 94% of the worlds total production of Saffron. 

In ancient Persia, saffron was cultivated in Derbena and Isfahan in the 10th century BC. There, Persian saffron threads have been found interwoven into ancient Persian royal carpets and funeral shrouds. Saffron was used by ancient Persian worshippers as a ritual offering to their deities, and as a brilliant yellow dye, perfume, and a medicine. 

Persian saffron was heavily used by Alexander and his forces during their times of battle. Alexander the great and his forces would mix saffron into their teas and dined on saffron rice. Alexander personally used saffron sprinkled in warm bath water, taking after Cyrus the Great. Much like Cyrus, he believed it would heal his many wounds, and his faith in saffron grew with each treatment. He even recommended saffron baths for the ordinary men under him. The Greek soldiers, taken with saffron’s perceived curative properties, continued the practice after they returned to Macedonia.






Golden Saffron "Zaran" Saffron

Zaran Saffron is a premium Saffron brand, selling the worlds highest quality Persian Saffron. The name Zaran means "Golden" in ancient Farsi (Persian) language. 

Saffron contains a carotenoid pigment called Crocin, which imparts a rich golden-yellow dishes. 

Creating a golden saffron hue can easily be achieved by infusing the saffron in water or any liquid based dish. For optimum use, grind the saffron into a fine powder and infuse into a small amount of boiling water. This will accelerate the coloring effects of Saffron and create the desired Golden color to your dish.