Saffron is the most expensive spice is the entire world whose extraordinary flavor and eye-pleasing color has made it popular and sought after in the whole world. It is one of the most principal gifts of Iran and 90 percent of the whole saffron produced in the world is cultivated in Iran. For its unique red color, it is called the red gold and since it is cultivated in the soil of the desert, it has come to be known as the desert gold. A little portion of saffron in tea makes it taste wonderful. It is one of the most principal agricultural products of Khorasan province and considered as a highly valuable souvenir to get in Mashhad.
The Benefits of Saffron
What is known as saffron is actually the stamen or floral organ of a purple-colored flower which, after having been picked and separated from the flower, dried out in a pasteurized environment, is packaged and sold. Saffron is an anti-depressant and drinking a saffron-based tea after having a meal can facilitate the digestion process. Alleviating and soothing pains, generating blood, increasing sexual dexterity, optimizing lever's function, cleansing and purifying the kidneys and bladder are some of the medical benefits of this aromatic spice.
Important points to keep in mind while buying saffron
Since saffron is an expensive spice, it is possible that certain people modify and manipulate its pure components for more profit. Thus, you are advised to only buy saffron from credible and valid relevant stores and, upon purchase, pay attention to their standardization emblem or logo, production and expiration dates. High-quality saffron is pleasant yet a bit bitter. It also has a colorful reddish tone and is highly aromatic. Original and authentic saffron is like a thread whose down part is white and upper side red. If saffron does not have these characteristics, then it is not original and authentic and high-quality. So, while buying it, notice the packaging, production date and consumption period.
Saffron must be preserved away from light and moisture in a glass container. It is better to mill it and use it in form of powder. For this purpose, you can fetch a stony mortar specially designed for milling saffron from Iran. If you are pregnant, it is better not to consume saffron since it can lead to womb contraction and thus pre-mature delivery or even abortion.
Custom laws and tariffs
Based on the custom laws of Iran, taking out all sorts of dried fruits and products by the travellers visiting the county is allowed as long as it does not have any commercial aspect to it. The maximum legal weight of taking out pistachio is 10 kilograms per visa and, in case of saffron, 100 grams per visa. The above-mentioned restrictions do not include the tourists who have a foreign visa. Taking out pistachio, dried fruits, pistachio kernel, and saffron for the passengers who travel to the holy pilgrimage sites is not allowed.