Saffron price in China

Saffron Price in China

China is one of the saffron-producing countries, yet it is a major Iranian saffron importer. Saffron price in China depends on the saffron production volume in Iran and their yearly saffron export volume from Iran origin, as well as global saffron price fluctuations. Saffron stigma is one of the most expensive spices, as it requires lots of manual work and a large quantity of saffron flower to produce only 1 kg of it. China, as a saffron importer, uses this product mainly for food and traditional medicine purposes, in addition to other industrial usages. This blog post reviews saffron production, usage, and price in China. 

The history of saffron in China

Saffrson was introduced to China through the silk road in return for Chinese silk export to countries such as India, Persia, and Rome. In the very beginning, saffron was only used by royal families and noble officials. Later on, this spice found its way to the public and ordinary people as a valuable gynecological medicine.
There are also other stories on how saffron was introduced to China. Some historians claim that this valuable spice entered China after the Mongol’s invasion of Persia. Anyhow, saffron found its way into Chinese literature, culture, food, and industries. Some of the ancient Chinese works referred to saffron in their poems, stories, books, etc.
For centuries China was only a saffron importer until a Chinese herbal medicine company tried to plant some saffron corms in Shanghai, Hangzhou, Qingdao, Nanjing, and Sichuan in 1965. Though this attempt failed, they tried corms from other origins in 1970 and harvested some saffron in Ma Qiao town of Shanghai. From that year on, they started to cultivate saffron on a larger scale and finally could achieve enough saffron volume production to start export activities in 1987.

Now, more than 20 provinces in China, including Zhejiang, Shanghai, and Tibet produce saffron. China saffron crocus has now turned out to be one export commodity in the Chinese market. Yet, they import Iranian saffron for their local demand and re-exporting purposes. Chinese saffron, 藏红花 or Zànghónghuā, is produced on a smaller scale and with lower qualities, compared to Iranian Zaferan.

For example, China exported 4 tons of saffron, which decreased to 2 tons in 2022. To meet the market demand and exporting purposes, they require importing Iranian saffron to China for re-packing and re-exporting purposes.
There are many China Saffron Manufacturers & Suppliers, however, not all of them can be trusted. There is a high risk of saffron adulteration and fraud as the trade of saffron is so profitable in China. As a saffron buyer or saffron consumer, you should do your own research before purchasing Persian saffron in China.

Saffron usage in China:

saffron usage in China

Chinese people benefit from saffron health benefits in their traditional medicine (individually or in combination with other components) instruction. This is the most important usage of saffron in China.

Chinese culture is tied to the red coloring and everything that produced the red color. From cultural clothing and makeup to festival decorations and symbols, red coloring is dominant. Therefore, they can use saffron petals and stigmas to:

  • Herbal medicine
  • Produce saffron-ish-coloring fabrics,
  • Offer as a part of their prayer in their temples, 
  • Drink alcohol, tea
  • Dye and cosmetic industries 
  • Perfume industries
  • Food industry

Importing Iranian saffron to China:

China has been one of the most important export destinations for Iranian saffron product, for many years.

Yearly, more than 40 tons of Iranian saffron is imported to China. Chinese saffron importers are ready to buy the best produced Super-Negin, from the early harvest days in Iran. 70 percent of Chinese total saffron purchase occurs between October to mid-march, and the remaining 30% is purchased from April to September.

It is worth noting that direct import of Iranian saffron to China faced some restrictions, in the past. Now, improvement of business relationship between the two countries, in recent 4-5 years, facilitated the process, enabling direct export of saffron to China.

Saffron price in China today

Saffron in China

China is among the top 10 saffron producer countries, yet they import Persian saffron for its high quality and volume. One kg saffron price in China is priced between 12800 and 13200 CNY. China saffron wholesale market price is surely different from retail saffron prices in China.

In China, saffron retail market, you can find saffron between 13 and 20 CNY per gr.

There are many ways to sell saffron in China. Online shops such as Alibaba, and Made-in-China are some popular online shops that sell saffron online in China. Many Chinese saffron manufacturers and suppliers sell their saffron through these two popular online marketplaces.

We want you to make sure about the supplier’s trustworthiness before purchasing saffron online or in person. SunLand, with years of experience in the production and export of saffron, supplies this valuable spice to many countries including China. The fluctuations in the price of saffron in China occurs due to several factors. Therefore, to buy Iranian saffron, it is best to contact SunLand Saffron sales experts and get the latest quotes.

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