No. It’s really not.
In fact, saffron is really a kind of golden yellow color.
It is, in fact, a pretty amazing natural dye. Not only does it give off beautiful dyes, it can also be used in various ways for different colors, especially purple.
But the thing is that in Islam saffron is considered a narcotic substance, and it is not allowed to take saffron-oil.
According to the Quran,
وَأَنُواْ مِنْ احدًا مِنْ آيَةًا كُلُوبٍ ۪ عَيْلًا بِهِ رَمَّا الْسَّاقَطِ وِسَائِنَ النَّبِي وَيَعْدُوتُوهُمْ وِصَنِّر الجْعَىُمُ
“He you prohibit from meat, that it may be for your eyes only. He who takes away sapphire of saffron from the hands of a believer will surely be made to see.”
Saffron is a very popular yellow color in Iran, and its cultivation, especially in traditional Tehran areas, has become a major industry.
And the production is legal.
So the question is, how do I get some?
Well, you’re in luck.
You can get it from Iran’s Persian-speaking market, and this is a nice source of saffron-oil. However, there will be a lot of confusion when it comes to the product, especially if you don’t have a Persian speaking friend who understands that saffron is illegal in Iran.
That shouldn’t happen, but unfortunately there is no good book that explains all the details. So, I have taken some time to prepare this infographic, which covers all the information you need to know about saffron in Iran.
The infographic is divided into a couple of different parts:
A Guide to Saffron-oil, and
An Introduction to Iran’s Saffron Industry.
You can find this infographic online