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Saffron, the Delicate Red Gold

Saffron, the most expensive spice all around the world, is extracted from the autumn flower Crocus sativus, also known as the saffron crocus. The beautiful flower has three red stigmas connected to a yellowish style.

Being cultivated for over three thousand years, saffron was used as a spice adding flavor, color, and aroma to Middle Eastern and Asian foods. It still has a crucial role in Persian cuisine. Saffron in Iran was a central component in medicine and used to dye royal clothes and even Persian rugs’ yarn. Moreover, the strong aroma made it a primary component in perfumes.

Known as red gold, saffron price is higher than other spices due to its unique cultivation and also extraction process. It may be interesting to know that to gather 1 gram of saffron thread or filaments, more than 2500 flowers should be picked by hand, starting before dawn. It is why saffron rice per kilogram is high.

The Origin of Saffron

Saffron crocus needs a special condition to grow. A cool dry climate is the best environment for high-quality saffron to grow. Though it is still debatable whether the origin of saffron is Iran or Greece, Iranian saffron is now the most well-known saffron available in the market. Iran’s share of the global market is now over 80 percent and Iranian Saffron has the highest quality. The fragile saffron flower is now also being cultivated in India, Spain, Afghanistan, Morocco, and Greece besides Iran. There are also a few saffron farms in the US as well, but the country was never been a major production hub of saffron.

However, the quality of saffron produced in Iran is much higher than the ones cultivated in other places. This is due to the high standards that Iran imposes in cultivating the Saffron flowers. So, to buy pure saffron, consider saffron cultivated in Iran as one of the best options.

Benefits of Saffron

While the saffron price is high, you may wonder why a person should buy saffron at all. The answer is not so hard; the impressive health benefits besides the quality that saffron adds to your foods as a spice would compensate for the expensive price of saffron. Here, you can read a few effects of saffron that can persuade you to buy saffron:

  • The first proven benefit of saffron is its anti-depression effect. Several researches have attested that using a certain amount of saffron daily can highly affect a person’s mood.
  • The active antioxidants of saffron are useful for the skin and increase the serotonin level in the brain which accordingly keeps you in good mood.
  • Recent studies show the positive effect of saffron on infertility treatment.
  • The potassium which is an active component in saffron also affects blood pressure.
  • Drinking saffron with milk or any other hot beverage improves your sleep quality.
  • Saffron has a positive effect on PMS symptoms and reduces pain during the menstrual cycle.
  • High-quality saffron has a positive effect on digestive health which consequently has a direct impact on overall health.

Saffron flower’s petals were traditionally used in medicine as well. Though many proven and traditional benefits are mentioned for saffron, like any other food, excessive use may cause side effects.

Distinguishing Pure Saffron

The high-quality saffron is professionally picked and processed by hand to minimize the damages. The first obvious sign of pure Iranian saffron is its deep red color. The best quality type of saffron has a deeper color.  Also, unlike many people’s expectations, the quality saffron has a slightly bitter taste.

Besides the shape and color, you need to check more in-depth factors when you want to buy saffron. The size of saffron threads, length of the red parts, and lack of yellow or white styles affect the quality of saffron.

By the way, as there are dyed Pushals in the market sold as high-quality saffron, saffron appearance is not the only thing that you should pay attention to. You can also use saffron once to see its coloring power but it needs samples to test.

Moreover, though you can buy saffron in filaments and ground it yourself, there is saffron in powder or ground form as well. When you are going to buy saffron powder, be more cautious as it can be mixed with other flowers’ powder.

We highly recommend to buy saffron from trusted sources as it may not be easy for all people to distinguish quality saffron. However, if you are a distributor or retailer who is highly dependent on your customers’ trust, we suggest asking for lab tests to be sure that you are providing saffron from trusted suppliers.

 

Saffron Price

As mentioned before, saffron is the most expensive spice in the world; partly due to its high labor cost and partly due to the flower’s harvesting time which is limited and makes the supplements limited too.

Each saffron crocus only has three threads and to preserve the quality, all process from picking the flowers and separating the threads to drying the stigma and packaging it should be performed by hand.

Also, besides the limited harvest time which starts in October and lasts for almost a month, the saffron flower should be handpicked in mid-morning when the flowers are not still fully open so the stigma would not get hurt. Moreover, the Crocus sativus can be found in a few places which makes the spice even more precious.

However, using saffron as a spice is not as expensive as you may think. The strong aroma and color of saffron make a few saffron threads more than enough for each meal.

Saffron Types

Harvesting and separating stigmas of each Saffron crocus would affect the quality of saffron filament and hence leads to different quality types of saffron. To buy pure saffron, consider the most common forms of saffron threads and powders available in the market that we provide here at Esfedan:

Super Neging and Negin Saffron

Super Negin and Negin Saffron are the best quality types of saffron in the world with slight differences.  These premia all red saffron types have more coloring power compared to other types of saffron filaments. But, note that all people can not distinguish this difference in the coloring power and maybe, only experts can discern it. However, a way to recognize Negin and Super Negin saffron is through the volume they occupy in the package. As, in Negin and Super Negin Saffron, three threads of the same flower come connected, with the same weight, these types take more space.

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Sargol Saffron

Sargol Saffron is also grade one saffron, like Negin and Super Negin saffron. With only the red parts of the stigma, the treads are shorter than the Negin and Super Negin in Sargol Saffron and they are not connected to the style. Sargol saffron is also called All-Red Saffron or Coupe in the Spanish market.

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Pushal Saffron

Pushal Saffron also contains the red parts of the stigma but, it has a bit of yellow style as well. This leads to this type of saffron’s coloring power being lower than the other two types like Super Negin, Negin, and Sargol saffron. Though Pushal saffron filaments have yellow styles, these styles should not be larger than the red stigmas. Unlike Pushal Saffron, the saffron type with longer yellow styles is called Bunch Saffron and has the lowest quality.

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Saffron Powder

Coarse and Fine Saffron Powders are both produced from Grade A Sargol Saffron threads. So, they have the same rich color and aroma as Sargol Saffron. If the immediate use is important for you, buy Esfedan Saffron Powder. While Fine Saffron Powder dissolves easily in your food and beverage, the Coarse Saffron Powder is suitable when you are interested to see a pinch of the saffron filaments in your food.

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How to order Esfedan Saffron?

To receive the ESFEDAN Saffron prices, please choose the product category and code here  and send us your inquiry through this page.

Due to usual fluctuation in saffron prices as well as the Rial rate, the quotations are considered as valid for 1 day. While your payment (or down payment) is confirmed, the price changes will not apply to your order. However, in special circumstances and for large orders this time can increase so the purchase’s procedure can be completed.

ESFEDAN Saffron Co. provides different types of saffron in different bulk and retail packaging. Please choose a category of our product.

We can send you 5 gr free sample of Esfedan Saffron (excluding the post cost). Just send your inquiry though this page.

1 kg bulk or 1000 pieces of any weight.

The minimum order quantity for private label manufacturing is 20000 pieces per month. This number can change based on the product, the export destination and the customer’s marketing potentials. To receive more information in this regard, please contact us.

Granting exclusive sales-agency rights is possible in very limited cases based on the product, the export destination and the customer’s marketing potentials. To receive more information in this regard, please contact us.

The minimum order quantity for customized packaging is 10000 pieces per month. This number can change based on the product, the export destination and the customer’s marketing potentials. To receive more information in this regard, please contact us.

ESFEDAN Saffron Company has 2 equipped laboratories in its factory, both authorized by the National Standard Organization. All of the raw material and final ESFEDAN products should pass these laboratories tests. The  customers can request the  technical analysis of their saffron orders under their names.

For small orders (below 10 kg), 100% in advance and for big orders, 5o% in advance and 50% after sending the copy of the export documents.

Saffron is shipped only by air. After the order is complete, you will receive the copy of the airway bill including a tracking code by which you are able to trace your order.

For other products, depends on the quantity and the destination, other transportation means can be considered as well.

The common export documents includes: Airway bill, Certificate of Origin, Health Certificate, Invoice and Packing List. If your country’s trade law requires any other documents please just inform us.

Around 5 to 10 days after confirming the payment.

ESFEDAN Saffron is produced according to Iran Standard (ISIRI-259), Ministry of Health Production License (No.5315), International Standard (ISO 3632-1:2011), International Standards of ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System, ISO 14001: 2015 Environmental Management System, ISO 22000:2005 Food Safety Management System,HACCP Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point. The Purity & Quality of ESFEDAN Saffron’s products is 100% guaranteed.

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