Saffron is a genuine Iranian spice that has a high value. The taste and aroma that saffron gives to the food are exclusive, so there will be no Iranian house without it. However, there are different types of saffron. It is better to know the varieties of saffron before buying to have just what you need and make the most of your purchase.
But the question is, what is the contrast between different types of saffron? Experts categorize Saffron according to the ways they harvest it, which means how they collect saffron and dried it.
What Are the Types of Saffron?
Before going through the produced types of saffron, you should pay attention to an important point. The less broken or so-called the saffron stigma is, the higher its value will be. Based on this, you can choose and buy the best saffron. The types of saffron are the following:
Negin Saffron; the Unique Quality
The first type of saffron is Negin (all-red), which consists of only the stigma and red part of the saffron. There is no white or yellow color in this category. As a result, its selling price is higher than others. Merchants often export Negin Saffron. Its hard-red color enables it to bring you attractive red and golden food. The most significant features of Negin saffron are:
- It is all red
- No curls
- Stigma branches separated and not stuck.
Types of Negin Saffron
This specific saffron has different classes.
- First-class Negin: is a first-class type of saffron and already has a reputation. Its quality is unique. You’ll find out why the very first moment you’ve used it. It has a high purchase value and delivers the label “Red Gold.” We usually export this class to countries such as India, China, and other parts of the world for this precise quality.
- Second-class or Exported Negin: As the name says, it has second-grade and acceptable quality. We export this type of saffron too. If you want to buy high-quality saffron but at a more reasonable price, this one can be a good choice for you.
- Pressed Negin: The difference between this sample and the previous kinds is the method they dry the saffron. This model of Negin saffron has recently become popular and formed in the shape of a sword or flat stigmas by air pressure or physical.
- Quasi-Negini: Its quality is lower than other Negin saffron samples and therefore cheaper.
Sargol Saffron and Its Home Features
The most common type of saffron available in the market with different sizes like grams or ounces is Sargol saffron. This type is the tip or the upper part of the stigma. High coloring, pleasant taste, and lasting aroma are qualities that will provoke you to buy. Like the Negin type, Sargol saffron has no white and yellow colors. It’s all red. Labors separate Saffron strings from one another, so there is no adhesion. Of course, there are fractures and erosion in the strings. Like other types of saffron, Sargol also has a variety of categorizations. However, not distinguished clearly like Negin Saffron.
Sargol Saffron is not intertwined and has a cute look. The strings are thick, and the amount of safranal, as well as crocin, is high. You can use Sargol Saffron for therapeutic purposes.
Pushal Saffron; The Pleasant Aroma
Pushal saffron consists of the stigma and its lower parts known as style. It reaches a height of 3 to 5 mm. Farmers harvest this saffron at the beginning of the season and last longer. Because in addition to the stigma, it contains some styles. The stigma makes the mesmerizing aroma and the rich red. Pushal saffron cannot be counterfeit because of the style, which makes it easy to identify. That’s also why it’s more popular than other types of saffron.
The lower part of Pushal Saffron is white. It’s intertwined and has an attractive color, and its strings are coiled.
Bunch Saffron or Dasteh
That is the most common type of saffron. Persians often call it Dokhtar-Pich (a bunch made by girls), and it is composed of the stigma and the style with high quality. Its sizes vary, and some strings may be longer and some shorter. It has a reasonable price, plus you can easily prepare it and use it for various purposes with ease. This particular type looks like a pretty bouquet.
You may be interested to know that we also have white saffron. This saffron is produced from the end of the style, which is white. All the properties of saffron are also present in this type, and the only difference is the color. Yes, as you can see, white saffron has no color. So if you want to give a golden color to your food, it will not be a good choice for you. It is much cheaper and more convenient. This option will be more economical for you if you want to use it for treatment or enjoy the taste of saffron.
Last but not least is the Fine Saffron type. This saffron is created after breaking the stigmas and separating the large parts from the remaining particles. There is no difference in color and taste from other saffrons, and the only dissimilarity is its appearance. Fine Saffron is powdered and crushed. Of course, this is a good thing because it has a better price. If you use saffron a lot or you are in a catering business, Fine saffron is the best choice for you, economic-wise.
To buy all types of saffron or any kind you desire, you can register your order directly to Yara Saffron.