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Saffron: The plant

  • Class: angiosperms (Magnoliopsida), monocots
  • Order: asparagus-like (Asparagales)
  • Family: Iris family (Iridaceae)
  • Genus: Crocus (Crocus)
  • Type: Saffron (Saffron Engl.)
  • Scientific name: Crocus sativus

Saffron crocus is a way of appearing in the fall of their purple flowers which are won – the saffron. This species is a triploid mutant of the cartwrightianus on the Aegean islands and Crete Crocus domiciled. It is three times because of the chromosome set infertile and can only be propagated vegetatively by tuber division. The ancestor of Crocus cartwrightianus has significantly shorter, but also aromatic stigmas.

Each crocus flower contains three stigmas in a branching style. Only this sweet-smelling aromatic stigmas are dried as a spice. To gain a kilogram of them, one needs about 150,000 flowers from an area of ​​approximately 1,000 square feet. The harvest is done by hand, a picker will create 60 to 80 grams a day. Furthermore, saffron once per year in the fall (and only for about two weeks) is flourishing. Why saffron is the world’s most expensive spices.

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Saffron Classification, Iran vs Spain

We Provide 3 different types of Saffron

Saffron Classification:
According to ISO (International Organization for Standardization) saffron is divided to 3 general groups:

1. Saffron in cut filament:

dried stigmas of the Crocus Sativus L. flower (with styles removed completely detached from each other)*. The purest type of saffron is known as Negin and Sargol in Iran, however in Spain it is known as Coupe.

2. Saffron in filament:

dried stigmas with a part of the style of the Crocus Sativus L. flower. This type of saffron is known Pushal in Iran and Mancha in Spain. Using this same type of saffron, but sold in another manner, is Bunched saffron. Just like the name suggests, the saffron filaments are bunched together and tied with tread. This type is called Dasteh in Iran.

3. Saffron in powder form:

particles obtained by crushing the filaments of the Crocus Sativus L. flower using sophisticated machines. The machinery crushes the stigmas in an enclosed and in frigid temperatures, as to not lose quality or quantity.