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Some information about saffron and different types of it

June 12, 2020 By sadra 0

Nowadays saffron has become one of the world’s best selling spices. But, before buying saffron it’s necessary to be familiar with features of this beautiful spice. In this post we will get you familiar with the anatomy of this special spice and discuss about every feature of saffron.

For recognizing saffron, it’s better to check saffron’s appearance. By looking at saffron, you can discover red clusters of saffron among purple leaves, and if your hand touches those red clusters (saffron) it’s smell will remain on your hand for a few days.

What is saffron and how does it grow?

Saffron is a spice, collected from the “saffron crocus”.  Saffron crocus has a brown dust which protects saffron plant. After planting it, this plant starts growing and saffron’s stem grows which there is a bud at the end of stem. After this plant grows, you face with a beautiful purple flower with 6 purple leaves which protect 3 saffron spices. Planting and harvesting saffron is very hard, and this reason has made saffron one of the world’s most expensive spices.

What are the compounds of saffron?

Saffron has beneficial compounds which differentiate from other plants. A perfect saffron is the saffron which has the maximum amount of these compounds.

Saffron’s compounds are:

  • Crocin (a chemical which is responsible for the color of saffron)
  • Picrocroin (a chemical which is responsible for the taste of saffron)
  • Safranal (an organic compound which is responsible for the aroma of saffron)

Different types of saffron:buy saffron

Unlike other spices, saffron is in different kinds due to its quality. The process of harvesting, splitting saffron’s flower and climate are the reasons which are efficient on the quality of saffron.

Here are the different kinds of saffron mentioned from the highest quality to the lowest.

  • Super Negin saffron: The Safranal and Crocin in Super Negin saffron is in the highest amount. So, this saffron’s aroma and coloring is very high.
  • Semi Negin saffron: Coloring of this type is also very much, but not as good as Super Negin saffron.
  • Negin saffron: There aren’t any curly shaped saffron stigmas in Negin saffron and they’re all in straight shape.
  • Sargol saffron: Sargol saffron is completely red and it is the most used saffron because of its medium price and high quality.
  • Pushal saffron: Pushal saffron is the cheapest type of saffron. Pushal saffron is the saffron which contains the root of saffron and orange part (end part) of saffron.