types of saffron

Different types of Saffron Explained

Pushal vs Negin vs Sargol, which one!??

When you are looking to buy saffron, there are many types out there that makes it difficult to choose from. Many suppliers claim that their type of saffron is better compare to the others. In this article we are going to explain briefly what the different types are and which one is better to choose.

Different types of Saffron

Saffron is classified in many different types. We are going to explain only the four main categories:

Sargol

It is a Persian word translated to English as “Top of the flower”. When the threads are extracted from the Crocus flower, it is white and yellow at the bottom and red at the top. Most of the time it has up to three tiny branches at the top. When we are speaking about “sargol”, the very top of the thread is cut as the final product.

Negin

It is a Persian word for “Jewel”. For this product, the threads are cut from slightly lower part compared to Sargol. It still has no yellow parts. If you place it next to Sargol, it has longer threads. Normally it gets slightly thicker at one end.

Pushal

In Pushal or Pushali type, the threads are cut from lower part, right at the edge of the yellow and red border also known as “Style”. It has significantly larger threads than Sargol and you might spot few yellow parts at the end of some of the threads.

Bunch

This product contains the entire thread extracted from the flower, almost half of the thread is yellow and white and the other half is red. This type of Saffron are not commonly sold in the UK to the consumers/end users

types of saffron

Which type to choose?

We are going to compare only the Pushal and Sargol, as the Negin lies between these two categories.

In the production of Sargol, many parts of the saffron thread is cut and thrown away. That’s the main reason why this type of saffron is more expensive than the others. There are few down sides as well. There are many nutrition and benefits in the “Style” part of the thread that is cut out of the product. You can also find some broken threads and crumbs in the product.

In Pushal Saffron However, the style is not cut and you get the benefit of that part as well. The main advantage of Pushal over Sargol is that the entire threads are visible and it is almost impossible to cheat and place weak threads among the product. You can test the quality visually as well. The down side is that it does not emit as much color as Sargol but yet the scent and taste is as strong as the rest of the types.

What do we recommend?

The first recommendation is NOT to buy grinded saffron unless you know the manufacturer and the source well. The problem is that once the saffron is grinded it is impossible to determine what was mixed with the threads. Whether there were all sargol or pushal or even if there were any fake threads mixed with the original saffron.

The second recommendation is to consider the source and the legitimacy of the seller, before considering the types to choose from. lranian saffron are known to be one of the best in the world due to climate, soil and most important of all, the organic harvesting.

Thirdly, If your top priority is the benefits and nutrition and not the color, we recommend pushal saffron as it contains the style part of the threads.

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