In this article, we will talk about how to find the best saffron in the market. After reading this article, you will be able to identify the best types of saffron.
The best types of saffron
There are different types of saffron and its price is determined based on its different types. There are 5 different types of saffron, each of which has different characteristics and prices. These 5 types are: Negin, Sargol, Pushal, Dasteh and Konj or white
The best types of saffron are Negin and Sargol saffron; Of course, other types of saffron are also good and have special uses.
Saffron is a valuable plant and if you are looking to buy this valuable plant, you should be fully acquainted with this plant; Because of the value of this plant, there are many cheaters in this business and they may deceive you.
The best types of saffron in the world
The first thing you need to know is the appearance of the plant. Saffron is a plant with a purple flower with 6 beautiful petals that protects 3 red stigmas. This is how the best types of saffron in the world look like.
After getting acquainted with the appearance of the plant, it is time to get acquainted with different types of saffron. As we mentioned above, there are 5 different types of saffron. Negin saffron has the best quality and the highest price, and on the other hand, Dasteh saffron or white saffron has the lowest price compared to other types.
The best types of saffron in Iran
If you are not familiar with different types of saffron, in the following we will review the best types of saffron in Iran.
This saffron is actually a type of Pushal saffron. To produce this type of saffron, the farmer has to separate the thick strands of red stigma. This type of saffron is used in exporting and many companies use this type. Because it has the best appearance and color among all types of saffron. Our company (Ana Qayen) also uses this type of saffron for export. This saffron has the overall color of 230 to 270 units. It should be noted that, production of this type of saffron is harder than other types of saffron, because the stigmas are long and thick.
To produce this type of saffron, the farmer has to cut the top red part of the stigma. (In Persian, it means the tip of the flower). Therefore, this type of saffron is all-red; also in some countries, many people know this type of saffron by the name of All-Red. The overall color of this type of saffron is between 210 to 260 units.
To produce this type of saffron, the farmer has to cut the stigma from the part lower than the red part. In this type of saffron, there are yellowish parts and show that the saffron is genuine and therefore many people trust this type of saffron more. This type of saffron has the overall color between 170 and 250 units.
Dasteh (Bunch in English) saffron
Dasteh is the main strand of Iranian saffron. To produce this type, the farmer has to pick the strands of the saffron from the petals and dry them and puts them together. The color of the bottom part is orange and the top part of these strands is red. This type of Iranian saffron is graded as the 4th grade. Also the overall color of this type is between 120 to 150 units. The price of this type of saffron is much lower than the other types.
Konj or white saffron (Also root)
Saffron has two parts: Tip of the flower (stigma containing three branches) and root (cream). The color of the main part is red. At the end of Sargol, there is a white part that is attached on it. These strands are light yellowish-white. Another name for this type of saffron is Konj or white because of its color.
There are also saffron compounds in this part but the color of this part is very low. It is worth mentioning that, this part of saffron is used in treatment of some diseases. The flavor of white saffron is good but because of its low color, it is much cheaper than the other types. The reason for its low color is that, there is no crocin in this part. Crocin is the reason for the color of other types of saffron.
The best types of saffron for coffee
As mentioned in the above description, the color of each type of saffron is different. For example, Negin saffron has the overall color of 230 to 270 units, and on the other hand, the overall color of Dasteh saffron is between 120 to 150 units.
Therefore, considering the better coloring of Sargol and Negin saffron than Pushal saffron, it can be said that these two types of saffron are a good choice for coffee.