The best varieties of dried barberry in the world produces in Iran, but what are these varieties? What is the Difference Between Pofaki Barberry and Anari Barberry? Below we provide a complete description of the varieties of dried barberry produced in Iran. As well as the day price and packaging conditions when buying and selling and especially exporting this product.
Barberry crop is one of the Iranian agricultural strategies produces in Anari and Pofaki varieties mainly and industrially.
“There will be several explanations regarding the varieties of barberry, but first of all we will resolve an initial confusion about the varieties of this product.”
Many believe that dried barberry varieties, such as pistachios or dates, are harvested from different trees, while not. But the trees in this crop are all the same. (Though the crops of different regions have slightly different qualities and characteristics due to different water and soil conditions). Barberry production is related to the primary processing practices of this product after harvest.
Anari Dried Barberry
This type is produced in the first harvest season of fresh barberry, ie the month of October, when the farmers remove the berries from the branch and distribute them on a wide scale. This type of drying is done simultaneously with the harvest, and often leaves and thorns of barberry are not removed except for the large branches from the load until after drying.
Every now and then, farmers shift the barberries that are placed in the open air in the light of the sun’s heat and so on.
This will prevent the product from decay and stacking.
After drying, the barberries are fully ventilated as far as possible.
This means that the leaves separate from the berries by wind (or artificial wind) or in the natural environment.
The barberries are then packed in cartons without plastic or laminate in the cool place.
Products should be away from the sun, until further processing.
At the next processing, these barberries are thrown into the sorter machine.
The leaves, branches and thorns are removed, then separated by other processes of stone sorting and heavy scrap.
This product is ready to be marketed after sorting.
Pofaki Dried Barberry
This type of crop is marketed about three to six months after the first harvest of barberry, due to the timely production process.
In this type of production, the barberry’s branch is separated from the tree and the berries are not separated from the branch. Then the branches are taken to closed halls where they are hung like raisins or stacked as large as possible.
Room space should be large enough for air and moisture to flow easily between crop seeds and branches. These barberries remain on the branch until dry.
The attachment of the barberry to the branch will make the drying time between 2 and 6 months and even longer. During this time the barberry is away from the sun and high heat and this does not cause the seeds to lose their bright color and also remain red.
Over time, the berries are dried and ready for processing. Generally in this separation the load is full of thorns, leaves and petiole, and like the type of Anari barberry it still needs to be ventilated.
After the initial Ventilation when the branch, thorn, and leaf are separated from the product, it is time to sort, which is exactly the same process as before, to get the product ready for market.
It should be noted that the proper packaging of barberry should be used in bulk in order to prevent pest and rot. Often suitable packages are cartons (without laminate).
Iranian Barberry Price Parameters
There are many points involved in the pricing of barberry varieties. Some important parameters:
The brighter the color of the barberry, the better it is known.
Of course, the color transparency of the barberry does not mean that the load is pale, It should not be brown.
Certainly the higher the barberry moisture content, the lower the price.
A very small percentage of thistle is associated with the stems of the barberry tree as well as the leaves and the tail of the barberry at many times.
The cleaner the barberry burden, the higher the price and the better the quality.
Many other parameters are set according to customer standards and their uses.
For example: Special Packaging, coarse and fine barberry seeds, etc.
However, Artin production plant in Iran, according to its highest export standards, offers products for both domestic and export markets.
It is noteworthy that, depending on the type of customer request, the Artin Barberry plant can change the product type and load specifications so prices for those orders must be received directly from sales managers.
Export Tips of Iranian Barberry:
Iran’s Pofaki Barberry and Anari Types have recently entered many foreign markets.
Until now and even now in some countries there was no clear picture of the Iranian barberry crop.
Countries’ standards for barberry imports may vary, but here are some of the main ones:
- No direct contact of product with packaging surface:
It is customary to pack the barberry directly into the carton in bulk, which is a mistake.
According to the export standard, barberry should not be in contact with the inner surface of the carton and this is a health problem.
The solution is to use packages that are air-circulating.
- Humidity less than 18% in both Pofaki and Anari types.
- Low percentage of waste and foreign materials.
- Insert information on production and use on the packaging in accordance with the standard of the country of destination.
Different countries may have different standards at different times.
For export purchases, it is recommended that you contact people who have recent experience in the field.
The key point is that barberry is very color sensitive and it is strongly recommended to use refrigerated containers especially in summer.