Tea has been being cultivated in Iran for more than 115 years, and turned into an industry singly. It is cultivated in two Northern provinces Gilan and Mazandaran. About 65000 of families in the north of Iran are tea farmer and make a living through it. More than 90% of Iran’s tea is produced in Gilan Province at following towns Lahijan, Langrood, Roodsar, Som-e Sara, Fooman, Amlash, Siyahal, Rahimabad, Vajargah and less than 10% in Mazandaran province mainly in Ramsar and Ton-e Kabon. 80% of people’s economy and income is provided with producing tea in some abovementioned towns. There are nearly 32000 hektare of tea farms throughout country and about 90% of tea farmers are single-product producer and earn a living just through cultivation and production of tea.
Premium features of Iranian tea in comparison with the world
Iran has the best green leaf of tea in the world considering constitutive organic materials. Iran’s tea is one of the healthiest and most organic agricultural products in the world due to residue of pesticides and chemical fertilizers. While there is congregation of pests and diseases in other tea producer countries such as Sri Lanka, India, China, Japan, Kenya, Vietnam because of weather conditions and annual harvest. For instance according to the latest available information in foreign sources at least 10 types of fungicides, 9 types of insecticides and 8 types of herbicides are used in Sri Lanka. About 1 ton chemical fertilizer is used for each hectare in Japan this amount for Sri Lanka is 550 kg, for china 750 kg, and in India 550 kg. It deserves to mention that mentioned amounts of fertilizer usage in different countries are most probably calculated based on agro chemical and tea’s leaf tests. There are 3 important pests in Iran including root lesion nematode, kind of weevil and greenfly which have been totally controlled since 1999 and as per research done by Iran’s tea research center since then no poisons have been used for tea cultivation.
If Iranian tea is infused perfectly without adding any essence has no competitor in odor, color and taste. Iranian tea in terms of intorsion, uniformity and blackness of dried tea and having pekoe (tip) which is resulted of existence of bud in foliage and non existence of wastage has high standard and quality. Gilan Spring tea or the first harvest of tea has excellent quality and is very popular. Non existence of unpleasant tastes like staleness, burn, mouldiness, rancidity and existence of favorable acerb taste instead is bold feature of Gilan spring tea.
Trade of Iranian Tea
Iran has moved toward producing healthy and organic tea and blessed events has recently happened in Iran tea research center. According to respectable head of tea research center in 2016 production of organic linseed without using chemical fertilizers and poisons (pesticides, herbicides, and insecticides) has been started and it could be really promising for Iranian tea. Attention to mentioned matter and giving special look to production of Iranian tea and considering its all special unique features will provide a proper bed to think about trade of tea beyond the border. Nuts and tea division of Sepehr Meshqat Caspian Co. has a vast relation with international markets. Our specialized team in tea department knows the target market well. We are familiar with people’s tastes and interests all across the world and have done comprehensive research concerning tea trade. We have got good relations with Iranian tea experts. Nuts and tea division is able to manage the process of tea exportation to target countries in the best way by giving advice and consultation.
“ I’m going to find tea, and I hope that other people think about removal of the other needs” said Kashef Alsaltaneh the father of Iranian tea and added to that he has said “ based on research Iran spends about 5 million Toman for importing tea, while if this sum of money stays in country it can prevent poverty and depression. Now more than 100 years passed his words and Iran reached to the production record of 96000 tons in August 1395, but still we are importing foreign tea.
Nuts and Dried Fruits
Seeds like Pistachios, Hazelnut, Almond and Walnut are categorized as Nuts. Products such as Raisins, Gheysi, Prune, Dried Figs, Saffron, Date, etc. are categorized as Dried Fruits.
In addition to the varied and popular taste, Nuts and Dried Fruits also have high level of nutritional values. Many types of Dried Fruits and Nuts are used as a cure in Iranian traditional medicine. It is specified that seeds (Nuts) contain wide range of Protein, Antioxidants and Selenium after studies. The selenium in the seeds could decrease risks of catching some of cancers like Prostate cancer, Lung cancer and Intestine cancer down to 50% and avoid progress of breast cancer in women and detection of Prostate disease in men. There is a lot of Phosphor in Nuts which helps to recreate bones and teeth and being large values of Magnesium inside the nuts stabilize operation of muscles and nerves. Also there are many items to describe and explain about Nuts and Dried Fruits of each type which you can find at Blog section of current website.
Variety and amount of Nuts and Dried Fruits production in Iran
Iran has suitable and wide variety of Nuts and Dried Fruits Production because of its unique climate. It is produces about 200,000 tons of Pistachios, 160,000 tons of Raisins, 150,000 tons of Walnuts, 1,200,000 tons of Date, 35 tons of Fig, 50,000 tons of Almond, 330 tons of Beans, 90,000 tons of Lentils, 300,000 tons of Pea and 270,000 tons of Saffron in Iran yearly.
Industry of Nuts and Dried Fruits of Iran is known because of having products such as Pistachios (2nd rank of production worldwide), Date (2nd rank of production worldwide), Almond (4th rank of production worldwide), Raisins (4th rank of production worldwide) and Hazelnut (5th rank of production worldwide).
Export of Iranian Nuts and Dried Fruits
Iran exports more than 2 billion US dollars of Nuts such as Walnut, Pistachios, Hazelnut and Raisins to 50 countries yearly and considering production of high quality of Nuts and Dried Fruits in Iran, most of countries asking to buy Iranian Nuts and Dried Fruits.
Iranian nuts and Dried Fruits exported to Europe in past years but today China is the biggest importer of it. Limitations of sanction years of Iran caused to make weak exporting of Iranian Nuts, but after JCPOA agreement, terms changed and nowadays Iran has best opportunities for investment and we can say the bell is ringed.
There is a lot of opportunities to register new brands and/or invest in existing brands to export nuts and Dried Fruits from Iran to all around the world considering the guarantee of appropriate benefits and low risks.