Country of origin of saffron

Country of origin of saffron

The history of saffron dates back to 3500 years ago. Saffron has long been the most expensive spice in the world, although some doubts remain about its origin, it is believed that saffron originated in Iran, yet Greece and Mesopotamia are possible areas of origin of this plant.

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Country of saffron
Country of saffron

 

There is also a wild species of this plant that has its roots in Central Asia. But about 90% of saffron production is related to Iran. The aroma and taste of saffron are related to the chemicals produced in this plant and this plant has pigments inside it that transfer its golden yellow color to the dishes. The history of this plant dates back to the seventh century BC.

Origin of saffron
Origin of saffron

What country is saffron from?

Saffron plays an important role in different eras and countries. In Greece, this plant has a long history and dates back to the pre-Bronze Age. In the past, saffron flowers were picked and used as herbal medicine. The ancient inhabitants of the Mediterranean region collected saffron around and around the coastal city and due to its high quality was used in the production of perfumes and medicines. Saffron was also used to treat gastrointestinal and kidney diseases.

Country of saffron
Country of saffron

Saffron country 2021

Saffron-based pigments are found in prehistoric paintings used to depict animals in a 50,000-year-old cave. Later, the Sumerians used saffron as a substance in their medicines and magic potions. However, the Sumerians did not actively cultivate saffron. Instead, they decided to collect only the flowers of this plant.

 

Country of saffron
Country of saffron

 

Because they felt that only God’s intervention could activate the medicinal properties of saffron. Saffron was also celebrated as a sweet spice more than three thousand years ago in Tanakh worship.

Applications of saffron

This plant was used by doctors and physicians in the treatment of gastric bleeding and urinary tract infections. Saffron was also used as a dye for royal clothes, in public places such as courts and halls, etc. Saffron was used as a perfume. In ancient Iran, especially in the city of Isfahan, for the treatment of soda, they drank saffron and tea. Also in this vast country, saffron has been found in the fabric of royal carpets and shrouds.

 

Origin of saffron
Origin of saffron

 

Many studies show that saffron was popularized by the Iranian rulers in India. During the Achaemenid period, Cyrus believed that saffron heals wounds. This plant was also used in the forests of Asia by Alexander and his soldiers. Alexander himself took a bath by mixing saffron in hot water. This plant was also imported to China by the Mongols and saffron is mentioned in Chinese medical books.

 

Origin of saffron
Origin of saffron

 

Also, with the arrival of saffron in Afghanistan, Afghans have started cultivating saffron instead of opium. In Europe, the source of cultivation was most likely in Spain, this product was and is so valuable that pirates in the past neglected to carry gold and carried saffron with them. To buy saffron without intermediaries and with quality, refer to the Buy saffron online page.

Saffron is sold in 5 types. In the following, you will get acquainted with different types of saffron. If you are not familiar with the types of saffron, we suggest that you read the rest of the article.

1. Types of saffron-Dasteh (in English Bunch) Saffron

“Dasteh” or “Dokhtar-Pich” is the main strand of Iranian saffron. When the farmer picks the strands of the saffron from the petals, he dries them and puts them together. The top part of these strands is red and the bottom part is orange.

Country of saffron
Country of saffron

  This type of Iranian saffron is graded as the 4th grade and the overall color of this type is between 120 to 150 units. The price of this type of saffron is the lowest. For information on the properties of saffron during pregnancy, you can refer to the article on the Benefits of saffron for pregnant women.

Country of saffron
Country of saffron

2. Types of saffron-Poushal Saffron

Country of saffron
Country of saffron

As you can see from the figure above, if the farmer cuts the stigma from the part lower than the red part, it is called Poushal saffron. In this type of saffron, you can see a yellowish strand. This shows that the saffron is genuine and therefore many people trust this type of saffron more (However, if you trust the brand’s name, Sargol and Super Negin are better). This type of saffron has an overall color of between 170 and 250 units.  

 3. Types of saffron-Sargol Saffron (aka Sarghalam)

Country of origin of saffron
Country of origin of saffron

If the farmer cuts the top red part of the stigma, it is called Sargol saffron (which means the tip of the flower in Persian). Therefore, this type of saffron is all-red. The overall color of this type of saffron is between 210 to 260 units.

4. Types of saffron-Super Negin Saffron

This saffron is actually a type of Poushal saffron. if the farmer separates the thick strands of red stigma, this type of saffron is produced. Many companies use this type of saffron for export and have the best appearance and color among all types of saffron. Ana Qayen also uses this type of saffron for export.  

Country of origin of saffron
Country of origin of saffron

  This saffron has an overall color of 230 to 270 units. It is worth mentioning the production of this type of saffron is a bit difficult and time-consuming, yet the stigmas are long and thick which is alluring to the customers.

 5. Types of saffron-“Konj” or White Saffron

Country of origin of saffron
Country of origin of saffron

As you studied earlier, saffron has two parts: Sargol (stigma containing three branches) and root (cream). The main part is red and is famous for Sargol (which means the tip of the flower in Persian). The white part attached to the end of the Sargol is called the saffron root or white saffron.  

Country of origin of saffron
Country of origin of saffron

  The color of these strands is light yellowish-white. Saffron root is also famous for Konj saffron. Although the color of this part of saffron is very low, there are also saffron compounds in this part. That is why some people use this type of saffron in the treatment of some diseases. White saffron has a good flavor but is much less expensive than other saffron products because of its low color.

Country of origin of saffron
Country of origin of saffron

Saffron root does not contain Crocin. The main color of saffron is crocin which causes the red stigma of the saffron. However, White Saffron has all the properties of Sargol saffron. But what is the use of white saffron? Saffron has many medical properties that if you can not buy it because of its high price you can use white saffron (cream) for a much lower price. Traditional medicine used the infused properties of the saffron root.  

Country of origin of saffron
Country of origin of saffron

  Many famous scientists such as Zakaria Razi, Al-Biruni, and Ibn Sina used saffron to cure diseases. As was mentioned earlier, saffron root does not have the color of Sargol, yet it includes all the properties of saffron that have led to significant results in new research on saffron, including the treatment of jaundice, sexual and liver enhancement, learning disorders, etc.

 

About Ana Qayen saffron

Many people are looking for a place where they can buy saffron in bulk. We are a supplier of Iranian saffron and if you want to buy saffron in bulk, you have come to the right place. Our saffron is harvested from the city of Qayen in Iran, one of the most famous cities for the quality of saffron. This city is known as the city of saffron in Iran.  

Country of origin of saffron
Country of origin of saffron

To buy saffron in bulk, you may visit our Buy Iranian saffron page. We also have another branch in Lyon, France, which makes it very easy for you to order in Europe. For information on the exact price of saffron, you can contact us through the Contact us page or WhatsApp.  

Country of origin of saffron
Country of origin of saffron

  When you want to buy saffron in bulk, you should be sure about the quality of the saffron that you are buying. Our saffron has got a European certificate from SAI CHIMIE lab which is one of the most famous labs in Europe. Also, our saffron is packaged in different and luxurious packages. You can see our different packing below.

 

Origin of saffron
Origin of saffron

 

You can buy saffron in bulk with these packages in our online shop. You can also find us on social media via Instagram, Facebook, Linkedin, Pinterest, and Youtube.  

Country of origin of saffron
Country of origin of saffron
Country of origin of saffron
Country of origin of saffron
Country of origin of saffron
Country of origin of saffron

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