What is Saffron?
Unique and powerful, Saffron is the most valuable spice in the world- and with good reason! By weight, Saffron is worth more than gold. Saffron is so expensive because it is very high in antioxidants, has a multitude of health benefits and is incredibly aromatic and full of flavour. For a spice that can be used in so many different ways, Saffron threads and saffron powder are both highly sought after by those looking for some flavourful magic in their day-to-day life.
How to Use Saffron?
Saffron is one of the most expensive spices in the world that is being used for centuries in cooking and drinking but the best use of saffron is related to the health benefits it possesses. Saffron medicinal uses with other medications might lower the blood pressure and improve mood.
Research Breakdown on Saffron
Crocus sativus, or saffron (as it is more commonly known) is a world renowned spice that is harvested by hand from the bulb of the crocus sativus flower. The name ‘saffron’ comes from the Arabic word for yellow; zafaran. While saffron is now most commonly harvested and produced in Iran, which accounts for 90% of the world’s saffron, saffron historically has been used, known and championed all over Europe.
American saffron has many health benefits and is made from saffron flowers called safflower. American saffron is used as an alternative to the expensive Spanish saffron called Crocus Sativus but it does not taste the same as the aroma and flavour are missing in American Saffron. However, they possess similar properties and can be used interchangeably.