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4 Types of Saffron You Should Know About

farmer separating saffron threads based on their quality

Saffron is the most prized spice in the world. The crimson, threadlike structures and the golden tint they hold within are truly the stuff of legend. Saffron comes from the flower Crocus Sativus, and is commonly referred to as saffron crocus.

It is commonly evident that the spice was first harvested in Greece and was revered for its medicinal properties. In fact, there are several references to the crocus flower in Greek mythology.

Today, premium saffron is cultivated primarily in Iran and also available in some parts of France, Spain, Italy, and India too. Saffron is a delicate spice that’s carefully harvested by hand—and that’s what makes it so valuable. A pound of saffron can cost you anywhere between 500 and 5,000 US dollars.

After this, you’re probably thinking – wow, that’s quite a wide price range for the same quantity. Yes, and the reason is that there are several grades of pure saffron. And it’s important to know about each type so you can make an informed decision when you buy original saffron online.

Let’s take a look at the four types of Persian saffron:

1. Poshal

Poshal is the least expensive for option among all Persian saffron varieties. Because it only contains that yellow and orange base of the stigma (this part of the flower is called the style). The style contains very little saffron and has minimal medicinal properties or culinary benefits. Additionally, it’s also high in moisture, which means you’re getting even less value for your money.

orange and yellow poshal variety of saffron

2. Sargol

The Sargol is the short and chubby section at the very top of the stigma that contains some crumbs. This is completely red in colour and works great in its powdered form. Most commonly, Sargol is popular in cooking due to its colouring properties. It is ideal for everyday use and in restaurants because it offers great aroma and colour.

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3. Super Negin

Super Negin is the most valuable type of saffron as the threads are perfectly trimmed, there’s no yellow colour, and no crumbs either. This premium saffron consists of the main strand and is extremely fragrant. This variety of saffron is most potent and works best for brewing teas or as a therapeutic agent for your skin. The second name for Super is Pushali Negin.
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4. Negin

Negin saffron is quite similar to Super Negin—it is the strand section of the stigma. The only difference is that it still contains a little part of the yellow style. This cut has the same applications as Super Negin but will be less potent.

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