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Saffron has long been popular among Iranians and has had a special place as a commercial commodity. In the past, saffron was popular among Iranians under the name of Zarparan, which means “saffron” in our modern language. The high popularity and scarcity of this product have caused the profiteers to enter the saffron market and start a business by selling counterfeit or substandard saffron instead of the original Iranian saffron. Follow us to distinguish the original saffron from the counterfeit saffron in other articles. In this article, we have listed the points you need to consider before buying saffron to buy saffron in the best possible quality.
Underselling is the scourge of any business. But unfortunately, in the field of saffron, underselling is very tempting. One mesghal of saffron is equivalent to 4.6 grams. Many brands and sellers try to profit in their sales by lowering the gram equivalent of one mesghal.
Ghaenat Khorasan is known as one of the largest producers of saffron. This has caused profiteers to sell their products under the name of “Ghaenat Premium Saffron.”This issue has become so prevalent that it is easy to prepare packages called Ghaenat premium saffron from any printing house and fill it inside any way they want without the supervision of a particular institution and provide it to the customer. Unfortunately, uninformed customers also
buy saffron thinking it’s premium, and scammers can quickly and cheaply make good money from this method.
When you want to buy saffron, you should know what quality of saffron you are buying. According to laboratory standards, saffron is divided into four levels: “excellent,” “first grade,” “second grade,” and “third grade.”
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It is graded by measuring several factors, including crocin, picrocrocin, safranal, impurities, moisture, and other things. It is determined in equipped laboratories and is the best type of “premium saffron.”
Another important point before you buy saffron is the division of saffron based on the cut and cleaning it.
Negin saffron is a type of saffron that, when they are cleaning it, a lot of care and time has been spent to cut the end of the root, which leads to the three-branched stigma exactly from the three-branched part. This type of saffron has a higher cost due to difficulty cleaning and cutting and has more impurities than Sargol saffron, but it is more difficult to fake because saffron strands are connected.
If the necessary care and time are not used in cutting and cleaning Negin saffron and the criteria of Negin saffron are not observed in a principled way, and the cuts are not the same, it is called semi-Negin saffron.
The best type of saffron is Sargol. Because in this type of saffron, the parts of saffron stigma and root that are red and have the highest purity are cut, and all the yellow and white parts of the flag that have no qualitative value are separated from it. This type of saffron has the highest amount of crocin, picrocrocin, and safranal.
In this type, in cutting saffron roots, a more significant part of the package remains in the package and cut about three to four inches lower than the stigma. This type of packaging is almost obsolete and not very practical because it takes up many volumes and is much less pure than saffron. The best type of saffron for consumption is Sargol saffron because it does not have any impurities and is more suitable in terms of price.
When you want to buy saffron, one of the crucial points is its finished price for the customer. Saffron is rare and expensive due to the difficulty of planting, storing, and harvesting, and preparing products. When you buy saffron at a cheaper price, you should not expect to get good quality saffron. They may sell you counterfeit or substandard saffron for a pittance that is not worth the price you pay.
In other words, it is more satisfactory for you to buy saffron, for example, which is 30 dollars, at the same price, than saffron, which is not worth 10 dollars, and you pay 25 dollars.
What factors affect the price of Iranian saffron?
Natural saffron without additives has a bitter taste and needs time to color. If you buy saffron that was sweet or not bitter or did not color quickly when mixed in water, saffron is counterfeit and most likely has an artificial color that quickly returns to its color.
Good saffron should have a healthy texture and not be eaten or broken while being crisp. It is also vital that your saffron is sifted and not powdered. Otherwise, your saffron is not well cleaned.
The texture of saffron should be uniform and should not have yellow and white strands among the red strands.
Do a baking soda test. Mix a tiny amount of baking soda in a glass of water, and then add saffron. The water / baking soda mixture should turn yellow if it is pure saffron, while fake saffron makes the water red.
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