Traveled to Mashhad evokes a special atmosphere for pilgrims that has seen around the shrine. Mashhad is the provincial capital with the large variety of products, goods, and industries that they are available in all of the shopping malls. Fortunately, there are a large variety of materials in all the shops of Mashhad and everyone can buy everything for every taste and age.
The best souvenirs of Mashhad are as follow:
- Jelly Bean
- Sweets and candies,
- Seal and a prayer rug
Saffron, red gold
“Saffron” is the most valuable souvenir of Mashhad. This product is one of the most valuable agricultural products of Iran that most of it are produced in Khorasan. This product is grown in Central and South parts of Khorasan. Mashhad as a center of packing and exporting of these products is a provider of saffron in different models and prices.
“Saffron” is a flower with purple petals and red stigma, which the dried stigma of it is used. Beautiful color, magical aromas , the extraordinary taste of “saffron” make it suitable to use in food and it is also used in the paint industry, textile and leather industry.
Saffron has medicinal properties that some of them are as below:
- The treatment of depression (major)
- Control cholesterol and blood fats
- Memory Improvement
- Skin rejuvenation
- Anti-cancer cells
Desirable saffron has a dark red color and, if it is placed in water, the color gets out of it too late.
This product is supplied different forms coarse (straw), Fine (Flower), clique (with root ) that the most popular of them is straw form.
You can buy Barberry from most of the saffron stores. Pilgrims purchase these two products together. Barberry is the agricultural products of South Khorasan , and you can find the finest one in the holy city of Mashhad. Two common types of barberry are pomegranate and puff models (for events). Barberry in addition of used in Iranian foods has healing properties as follow:
- Vascular compliance
- Gallbladder pain relief
- Increased appetite
- Enhance the body immunity against infectious diseases
One of the most original Iranian cuisines is rice with barberry and it has a great popularity among people. This kind of food contain barberry and saffron together and has a great taste.
Turquoise, a precious jewel
Upon hearing the name of Turquoise, we remember showcases that have been adorned with precious stone rings and jewelry that attract anyone. The most famous turquoise mines are located in Khorasan Province. The holy city of Mashhad, is one of the turquoise-cutting centers in the world , as plenty of Turquoise sent to Mashhad from the rest of the world for cutting.
In many narrated traditions specially recommended to put a turquoise ring for men.
In the era of kings, Cyrus and Darius Turquoise were given as a gift to the other kings. Europeans have remembered it as an unforgettable gift.
The most important healing properties of this stone are as follow:
- Strengthen eye
- Treatment of respiratory diseases
- Treatment of mental illness
One of the most important used of Turquoise is the ward off the evil eye and protect against negative forces.
The turquoise stone is the symbol of love, friendship, luck, peace.
One of the other properties of turquoise rock is increasing confidence. Neyshabur is mines of finest turquoise stones that has the deep blue color and high stiffness. It has show impurities , pallor and increasing low quality of green. Cutting of turquoise is usually in the form of Cabochan, beads seed and fantasy.
Among the variety of shops, they are tempting stores to be seen , they contain containers full of different foods, plums, dried fruit, chickpeas and raisins, walnuts, pistachio and the others. Nuts and dried fruits, has a special place in Iranian population, especially in Mashhad and because of the nutrients and protein it is recommended for all ages.
These products contain Peas, raisins, almonds, hazelnuts and pistachios, a variety of seeds, Hindi and ground almonds, dried fig, peach, apricot tab, jujube, fruit, plum and dried fruits.
Candy and Sweet
Candies are beautiful crystals that obtained from crystallization of water and sugar. They are available in 2 forms: candy branches for the decoration of Haft Sin and marriage ceremonies and the lollipop for oral administration. Candy is very nourishing and joyful and it is effective in the treatment of abdominal pain. Candy with the flavor of saffron, cinnamon, cumin, lemon, rose, mint, thyme can be seen in shops around the shrine. Another product of sugar that is consumed near the tea is sweet.
Sweet contains different flavors such as Nuts, cocoa, coconut, cardamom, rose water and saffron.
Seal, a prayer rug and rosary
The spiritual atmosphere of the holy shrine has affected at the moods of the most shops around there and we can buy seal, prayer rugs and rosary from there. Most of the pilgrims purchased seal, rosary and a prayer rug for the consecration.
Seal often has different shapes and size.
Rosary has a special place in all religions and you can provide different kinds of that with different materials, such as Shah Masood , different types of agate, Enchanting , turquoise, amber from Mashhad.
Most of the prayer rugs sewn in the Kashan from cashmere and embroidery velvet and they are purchased with different prices.
There are colored chocolates with different colors and tastes produced in Mashhad. Because of the variety of colors and flavors, they are appealing to kids and even adults. Jelly Bean can be used as a nutritious and protein feed.
In Mashhad, you can find different kinds of perfumes such as tuberose, sour orange flower, ice flowers, jasmine , fruity fragrances and Sea-buckthorn flower. The best of them are Shrine, Mohammad , and Jasmine.