Saffron is a spice extracted from the flower ‘Crocus Sativus’, commonly known as the saffron crocus. It is one of the world’s most expensive spice. The height of the flower is between 10 to 30 cm and the flower consists of six purple petals with its vivid crimson stigmas and styles, which are called threads.
The flower styles are commonly used as food colour for bread, soups, sauces, rice and puddings, etc. They are an essential ingredient of many traditional dishes such as paella, bouillabaisse, risotto milanese. The styles are extremely rich in riboflavin also known as vitamin B and are used as a tea substitute as well.
Saffron is a strong antioxidant and helps to reduce appetite and manage body weight (BMI). It helps to relieve stress, develops pleasant behavioural nature via maintaining hormones.
It is also known to cure Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) and associated symptoms such as mood swings, anxiety or irritation, tiredness or disturbed sleeping patterns, bloating or tummy pain, breast tenderness, headaches and spotty skin. Its anti-cancer properties have been published by renowned research centers around the world.
Historically, it was used to treat wounds because of its strong anti-inflammatory characteristics. Today, saffron and its components are used to treat depression and cancer worldwide. That is why the people of Khorasan call saffron a gift from paradise as it makes their life happy and healthy.