Where is the best saffron grown in Iran?

1. Introduction

Iran is the world’s leading producer of saffron. As the capital of Iranian red gold, Qayen has a worldwide brand of saffron. Everyone in Iran knows that the best saffron in the world and Iran is grown in Qayen city. Saffron was originally from Khorasan Razavi province and southern Khorasan province. But there were some other places that cultivated saffron in Iran later. If we want to know the best place for saffron in Iran, we must search among the cities of Khorasan province. Because the most desirable type of saffron was from this region.

Saffron is a plant that can grow in harsh living conditions. The plant only needs water in the beginning of November. Therefore, the water due to rain and snow is enough for this plant until the early spring. Cultivation of this plant is the job of most people in Khorasan region. As a result, saffron has a special role in the lives of the people of northeastern Iran.

2. Qayen and Red gold

If we want to talk about Iranian saffron cultivation in Iran, the first place that comes to mind is Khorasan. Khorasan province has always been a pioneer in saffron cultivation in Iran. Saffron cultivation is common in different cities of Khorasan Razavi province such as Zaveh, Torbat Heydariyeh, Torbat Jam, Taybad, Bakharz, Gonabad, Neyshabur, and Bejestan. In the southern Khorasan province, the cities of Qayen, Ferdows, Boshrouyeh and Birjand can be named. South Khorasan province after Khorasan Razavi province has the second highest cultivation of saffron in Iran. However, in terms of saffron quality it is the first Khorasan province. But in terms of quantity it is the second largest region after Khorasan Razavi. In addition to Khorasan province, we can mention the provinces of Kerman, Lorestan, Fars etc. They have recently activated in the field of saffron cultivation.

Saffron fields in Qayen city
Saffron fields in Qayen city

Nearly 270 tons of saffron is produced in the world annually. Khorasan province produces 170 tons of this amount. however, among all the cities that cultivate saffron in Khorasan Razavi province and southern Khorasan province, Qayen city is leading other cities. The Chamber of Commerce of South Khorasan province has estimated the history of saffron cultivation in Qayen to 700 years ago. Qayen saffron has the top quality of the saffron in the world.

In conclusion, we can say that Qayen city which is the city of saffron produces the top quality of saffron. Moreover, it is worth mentioning that the aroma and quality of the saffron of Qayen is completely different from the saffron of other places in Iran.

Ana saffron is honored to work with different farmers in Qayen city. We aim to supply pure and genuine Iranian saffron with the top quality.

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