Detection of high quality saffron

Good and pure saffron can be distinguished by its color and odor. The color of premium saffron is orange-red yellow. In addition, saffron has a very pleasant and penetrating odor so that the more the smell of saffron, the newer it is. It must be remembered that the low odor indicates that the saffron is outdated or not pure.  The taste and color of saffron depends on the type of saffron.  The thicker the saffron in the food, the color becomes bold yellow, golden yellow or red. The thinner it is, the less its color. If the saffron is fresh and away from heat, sunlight and moisture in closed glass containers in good conditions and is ecologically suitable for climatic conditions, it will taste better.

Kashmiri Saffron

Kashmir is known as the Valley of Flowers. Among the various crops in this region, saffron has a special place in terms of importance and application. Saffron is grown in two areas of Kashmir. One of these two areas is known as Pompur.  This region has a worldwide reputation for saffron cultivation. For this reason it is called the saffron city of Kashmir. This green city is considered as an excellent and pleasant environment for saffron cultivation. The characteristics of Kashmiri saffron include the long, thick stigma. These strands are dark red. Soil quality, good climate are major factors for the large size of saffron strands in these areas. Mongra Saffron and Yellow Saffron Cashmere saffron with a pleasant aroma and taste different from important products in the kitchen.  While Iran holds about 70 percent of the world's saffron production, some believe that Kashmiri saffron has the highest quality globally. While saffron is cultivated in limited areas other than Iran, there is no competitor for Iranian saffron in terms of taste, color and quality.

There are some important points in terms of quality in saffron.

.Date of production and timely harvesting of saffron is of great importance.1

Saffron cultivation method is of vital importance in its quality.2

                                                                 Staining power is considered as the only measuring tool to ensure the optimum quality of saffron. Iranian saffron is generally lucky red, the end of which is lighter than other parts. These factors well distinguish high quality saffron from poor quality.

                                                     Saffron has a strong and fresh aroma.

There are no breaks on the bottom of the container.

                                                                                    There are no yellow or white areas with red strings.

                    Saffron strands are dry and fragile.

                                          Iran exports many of its agricultural products and saffron is one of them.

About 70% of global demand for this product comes from Iran.

                                                   Iran produces about 250 tons of saffron per year.


Many believe that the first group of people to use saffron in their food products were Iranians.

Saffron greenhouse cultivation

China is currently hurting the Iranian saffron market in two ways. one by cultivating saffron as a "greenhouse" and the other by selling "counterfeit and poor quality saffron" under the name Iranian saffron. Given the increased greenhouse cultivation of saffron and the greater profitability of cultivating this crop compared to traditional methods, a large proportion of Chinese businessmen have also expressed a desire to invest and harvest the crop. Orumchi Province and the city of 'Xin Jian' is one of the cities where saffron is now cultivated. But besides the two cities, saffron is also cultivated in the cities of Zhejiang and Henan, In Zhejiang city, saffron is poorly produced due to poor soil and onion, and in Henan due to cold weather, saffron growth is very low and frozen in the open air. Although it is planted and sold in China, it cannot compete with Iranian saffron and most of the climate in China is not suitable for cultivation. Chinese saffron cultivars appear larger and taller than Iranian saffron ,  But it does not have the quality of saffron in Iran  and the interesting thing is that Chinese saffron is more expensive than Iranian saffron  and most Chinese traders in western China in the Xinjiang and Urumqi regions are more involved in the saffron trade.

Afghan saffron

Afghanistan has good climate for better cultivation of saffron  and according to estimates, if this industrial plant is properly planted, its yields will increase threefold over other countries. Saffron is referred to as agricultural gold. It is said that each kilo of saffron is sold in Herat province for about 2 to 6,000 Afghanis. Global price for one kilogram of Afghan saffron is $ 2,000 and demand for this saffron is on the increase in world markets. Brussels-based World Institute of Taste and Quality has announced that your Afghan saffron is the best and highest quality saffron in the world. Afghanistan has no tariff barrier on exporting saffron to the US, India and China and has gained a lot of support in the short term. For three consecutive seasons the world's best saffron has been recognized for quality and has outperformed some rivals such as Spain and Iran. So that  In March 2019, the United Arab Emirates called for the purchase of all Afghan saffron products in the near future.

Saffron properties

Saffron has many health benefits. Some of the most important properties of saffron and the benefits of saffron it is: Ability to improve breathing health, Digestive system optimization, Relieve pain, Improved sleep patterns, Reduce bleeding, Strengthen heart health, Increase blood circulation, Prevention of diabetes, Strengthen bones and improve immune function.

 Medicinal properties of saffron

Saffron contains over 150 different combinations Including: Carotenoids, safranal, crocin, antioxidants and other biochemical substances. also in saffron minerals  and vitamins B6, B2, B1, vitamin C and other  nutrients needed by the body that are essential for human health.

Properties of saffron: Increased immunity

Although people often look for spices like saffron to the taste of food, But these types of spices contain a lot of special nutrients with many properties.

one of the properties of saffron is enhancing immunity. Saffron has some vitamin C, or ascorbic acid which is important for human health. We all know that white blood cells are the body's first line of defense against disease. Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid,that found in saffron increases the production process of white blood cells, By increasing white blood cells, the immune system is strengthened

Properties of saffron: Increased circulation

Saffron can act as an energy enhancer  and with increased blood circulation Increase metabolism.

High concentration of iron means that Saffron increases your red blood which results in delivering oxygen to the organs of the body cells , cause  increases blood circulation.

Properties of saffron: Protects heart health

One of the top goals in human health today is to improve heart health.a simple way to protect your heart, consume potassium-like substances like saffron. Potassium is a vasodilator of the body,and  it prevents hypertension and pressure on the arteries. This event protects the heart and it can eliminate heart attacks and strokes.

Saffron Properties: Diabetes Control

Diabetes is one of the most dangerous and widespread conditions in our world today that affects millions of people around the world. one of the most important properties of saffron is diabetes control. If you have diabetes, it is best to use saffron. The significant levels of manganese in saffron can help your body optimize and control its blood sugar levels.

Properties of saffron: Reduce anxiety

One of the well-known  properties of saffron is to relieve mild depression and improve mood in those who consume it regularly. Many of the active ingredients of saffron affect the endocrine system And they can help release the beneficial hormones that keep us healthy. Saffron has been praised by various research organizations as a natural antidepressant.

Due to its many nutritional and medicinal uses, this product has attracted the attention of many people around the world, and as shown in the previous section, Iran enjoys not only a relative advantage but also an absolute advantage in its production. Therefore, it is possible to generate a large amount of foreign exchange resources by producing and exporting them.