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Saffron: good reputation at risk

August 16, 2022 4:56 PM, Der AUDITOR
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TEHRAN. In response to demand from Chinese buyers, machine-pressed and dried saffron is again increasingly being produced, putting the good reputation of the high-quality, hand-dried product at risk. The traders and traditional producers are upset about this development.

Quality before appearance

A few years ago, the production of so-called "pressed saffron" was stepped up as Chinese buyers showed great interest. However, this subsided again when the country was hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, but is now reviving. Iranian traders do not have a good opinion of this product as it could jeopardise the reputation of the good quality of Iranian saffron. Saffron is traditionally dried manually in Iran, laid out on clean cloths in large halls. During the drying and cleaning process, the threads may be slightly damaged and not as smoo

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