a bit about saffron grading in Iran
Iranian saffron is graded based on several different factors, including color, aroma, and overall quality. Each grade represents a different level of quality, and is used for different culinary purposes.
"Sargol" is the highest grade of Iranian saffron. It is made up of red stigma tips only, and is characterized by its deep red color, with no yellow or orange threads. However, it often contains crumbs and broken threads. It is considered to be of high quality and is often used in high-end cooking and baking.
"Super negin" is considered to be the most premium grade of saffron, known for its deep red color, strong aroma, long, thin, and symmetrically cut strands. It's the most potent, aesthetically pleasing, and rarest of all the grades. It is also the most expensive and is often used in gourmet cooking.
"Negin" is the next grade of Iranian saffron, it is known for its deep red color, strong aroma, and long, thin strands. It contains more yellow and orange threads than super negin, but still considered to be of good quality and is often used in high-end culinary applications.
"Pushal(i)" is the next grade, it is made up of red stigmas and some style. It contains a lot of yellow and orange threads, and is considered to be of the poorest quality. It is used mostly in commercial and industrial applications.