The Iranians pride themselves for growing and producing premium types of saffron which is derived from crocus sativus and commonly known as saffron crocus. In the past, the saffron was used for botanical treatments and for treating a large number of ailments.
Today, the saffron is used in the Persian cuisines and desserts, with tea, milk and herbal drinks. 'A sprinkle of it is anti-depressant', assures Redha Aziz, the exhibitor at the Iranian Pavilion.
"Our company is specialized in producing premium quality saffron since 1934. This heritage has been preserved over generations; we grow more than two thousand acres of land and select the best quality saffron after we dry and pack it in a specific fashion. We have saffron tea, herbs, cake mix and plain saffron", said Redha.
Iranian Pistachio and Almonds
Famous for its almonds, pistachio, walnuts as well as its dry apricots, pomegranate and its juice and extraction, exhibitors at the Iranian Pavilion have it all. In addition to the packs of ready ingredients of famous Iranian dishes like the Persian soup, herbs and dry goat yoghurt.
A wide tasty array of Iranian sweets are on display. Most sweets are flavored with cardamom or saffron.
Faloda or Iranian Slushies
The typical dessert of Shiraz in Iran, this crusted ice, sugar and rose water based dessert has its fans; the other types include saffron flavor or milk with rose water. Both delicacies have a range of mouth watering toppings.
Many exhibitors showcase their wide range of designs, sizes and wool or pure silk carpets. Pioneers in the handcraft and business, vendors demonstrate the differences between new or antique designs, as well as the hometowns of origin as part of the concluding the sale of a lifelong heritage.
The province of Semnan in Iran has one of the world's wonders of rock salt mines with its natural geological formation. "Semnan's rock salt has many healing properties", affirmed Arezou, the exhibitor at the pavilion.
"Many European companies are importing this salt to use it in modern healing. It is used for remedies of asthma and respiratory problems because the rock salt purifies the air. Part of its properties is the absorption of the negative energy from the surroundings and replacing it by a positive one through the electromagnetic fields", continued Arezou.
A stunning display of rocks, most pieces are slightly shaped to allow space and serve as candle holders that can be used indoors particularly in bedrooms. From natural colors to ink sunk pieces that give the rocks a colorful look and feel.
Known as Fairouz, turquoise comes in three colors, white turquoise blue and green. Treasures of the earth, as the Iranians refer to it, this natural expensive gemstones is found in the mountains of Iran and surrounding countries, assures the exhibitor at the pavilion. "The mountain of Nashawer in Iran has the best Turquoise in the world. Garnet, sapphire and emeralds are also part of Iran's natural gifts. We use vintage silver and various types of precious and semi-precious metals that couple the precious gems".
For foodies, carpet and Turquoise lovers the Iranian pavilion is the right destination to wonder about and try the saffron based delicacies.