Types of Saffron - Zaran Saffron
Where does Saffron come from?
The Saffron crocus thrives in dry climate with full exposure to the sun. The Saffron crocus also requires well dried soil. These ideal conditions are one of the few reasons Iran continues to be the worlds largest producer of Saffron. Iranian saffron accounts for roughly 94% of the worlds total Saffron production. Spanish saffron and Afghan Saffron are the two contending producers, however, they only account for a combined 4%. So one thing to keep in mind when shopping for saffron is the Origin of the Saffron, it's best to buy Saffron directly from the source to minimize your risk of adulteration. For this reason, we highly recommend understanding the different types of Iranian Saffron to fully understand the variety of saffron available in the marketplace.
Types of Iranian Saffron?
Iran is the largest producer of Saffron, with that in mind, its cautious to be aware of this fact when buying saffron online from various distributors. It's common place to think that Spain is the largest distributor or best quality saffron, for this reason, many sellers will purchase Iranian Saffron and rebrand or relabel it as Spanish to make a profit.
HERE ARE THE TYPES OF IRANIAN SAFFRON
- SARGOL: In farsi, this is known as "top of the flower", it is the very tip trim of the Saffron thread. Sargol is all-red in color, however, the stigma is shorter and often contains some crumbs.
- SUPER NEGIN: The most expensive type of Saffron is Super Negin. The saffron threads are longer, and trimmed perfectly to eliminate any yellow style. Super Negin is all-red in color and contains little to no crumbs.
- NEGIN: Similar to the Super Negin saffron, negin also has long threads. The primary difference is that Negin saffron still contains some yellow style which increases the weight.
- PUSHAL: Pushal is the cheapest type of Iranian Saffron, it contains lots of yellow and orange style. This yellow portion of the saffron stigma contains no culinary or medicinal benefit which is why the cost is lower. Additionally, you're paying for added weight because the yellow and orange portion of the thread contain higher levels of moisture.
- DATESHI: This is also known as "bunch saffron". Although Dateshi Saffron is not commonly sold in retail, it's possible to purchase it from select distributors. Dateshi is the whole saffron stigma that is untrimmed and bundled together. It contains lots of yellow and orange style.
Saffron is the most expensive and luxurious spice in the world. Weight for weight saffron can cost more than gold. That's why we've devoted our company to only importing the best saffron in available anywhere on the market.
Are you looking to Buy Saffron online? Not all Saffron is created equal.
HERE ARE THE THREE THINGS TO LOOK FOR:
- Safranal (Aroma): Safranal is associated with the smell of your Saffron. We recommend a reading of 35+. Without high levels of Safranal, you will be able to taste the Saffron but the aroma wont be strong.
- Crocin (Color): Crocin is responsible for the color of the saffron. High quality saffron will have a color reading over 260+.
- Picocrocin (Flavor): Picocrocin is responsible for the flavor the saffron. For high quality saffron, we recommend a Picocrocin level of 90-110.
Buying Saffron Online
When buying saffron online, be sure to ask for a copy of the most current Lab Analysis. If the seller can't provide you this, its best to walk away. It's very important that you know what you're buying when dealing with such an expensive spice. Other things to consider when purchasing saffron is the moisture content, ash matter, and percentage of foreign objects. It's important to know that your Saffron is not just high quality, but also pure and free of any harmful elements.
Our 100% pure Iranian saffron is the highest grade Saffron in the World. We sell only the finest, hand-picked, premium grade saffron threads. Each batch of our Iranian saffron is rigorously tested in certified laboratories for purity.