Old saffron vs Fresh saffron
You may also be wondering how to distinguish fresh saffron from old. To answer this question, there is almost no sure way to identify fresh saffron. The only sure way is to buy from a reputable store.
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If saffron is dried in the right way, it is very difficult to tell if it is fresh. In fact, in the season of saffron production and harvest, the difference between fresh and old saffron is more, but the farther we go from the harvest season, the harder it is to distinguish.
Fresh saffron has a mild smell and is fresh, and if stored and dried properly, it has a brighter color than old saffron. 2- Old saffron has a pungent odor compared to fresh saffron and the color of old saffron is darker.
3- Fresh saffron is soft and if you are not an expert, you think that saffron has not dried yet, while the saffron of the past is brittle.
4- It is easier to use saffron that has expired, or in other words, old saffron, and it is easily powdered.
5- Old saffron is easier to dye and brews sooner, while fresh saffron is harder to dye.
Using saffron that has been produced for 3 years is not much different from fresh saffron !!
New saffron 2021
Fresh saffron has a mild odor and if it is dried by basic methods, its color is brighter than the previous type. Instead, the old type has a sharper smell than the fresh saffron. The color of old saffron is a little darker than this year’s fresh saffron.
Fresh saffron is soft, but old saffron is fragile and it is not everyone’s job to distinguish between the two. You may think that saffron has not dried well yet. An easier way to do this is to make fresh saffron color later, while old saffron dyes more easily and brews even faster.
Last year’s saffron is easily powdered. Well, you must have realized that it is not so easy to distinguish fresh saffron from old, and if you are not an expert in this field, the possibility of misdiagnosis is very high.
As mentioned above, if saffron is properly stored and saffron drying methods are principled, there will be no change in color, odor, and aroma for a long time and even for three years, it is not recognizable to people, unless Through a quality control laboratory that is not accessible to everyone.
For a good saffron purchase, you must buy from a reliable store so that you do not have to worry about the quality of saffron.
Identification of old saffron
Also, there are different types of saffron, and some people try to deceive you by cheating on different types of saffron. In this way, you buy Negin saffron, which has the highest quality among the types of saffron, but they give you Sargol saffron, which has a lower quality than Negin saffron.
If you are not completely familiar with the types of saffron, we suggest that you read the rest of the article. Saffron is sold in 5 types, each of which has different prices and different qualities. In the following, we will give a brief explanation about the types of saffron.
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.
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.
2. Types of saffron-Poushal 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)
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 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.