what is Saffron
Undoubtedly saffron is the most expensive spice in the world which has extraordinary benefits. The reason for its high price is it’s labour-intensive harvesting method ,which makes its production costly. This spice plant grows to a height of 30 cm.
A labour-intensive crop, the Three stigmas are handPicked from each flower, spread on trays and dried over charcoal fires for use as a food flavouring and colouring.
Saffron is cultivated in the countries of Iran, Egypt, Spain, Italy, Turkey, Switzerland, Pakistan and Morocco.
Saffron is extremely subtle and fragrant.The slightly sweet, luxurious taste is totally enigmatic_ It’s Tricky to describe but instantly recognizable in a dish.
As annoying as it is to say, you know it when you taste it.
Saffron has an aromatic colour and smell and is nicknamed red gold; because of its great value And it is considered one of the most important sources of non- oil exports in Iran.
At first Iran was the only exporter of red gold in the world but in recent years, other countries including a Spain and UAE have also entered the trade of this plant.
How saffron benefits your health
In Medical Science, saffron is called a pharmacy because of its many medicinal and therapeutic benefits that we describe some of the saffron benefits in below.
- Improving eyesight
- Strengthening sexual powers
- Treating depression and nervous disorders
- Treating fatty liver
- Improving the skin and rejuvenating it
- Strengthening the body`s immune system
- Treating cancer
The saffron benefits are numerous and we will mention some of them below:
- Saffron benefits for skin
Saffron is useful for the treatment of skin diseases due to its anti_microbial, anti_ pigmentation and reparative properties for this reason they are used to formulate all kinds of lotion, creams and cosmetic lotions, including sunscreens, moisturisers and anti_aging products.
Saffron benefits for the skin are not limited to its direct effects on the skin and the effects that saffron has on the body ,especially the liver, are very useful and effective for their skin.
- b) saffron benefits for female
Saffron benefits for females and it’s effect on their health can be examined from several medical topics including :sexual health, aesthetic health, nervous and mental health.
Considering the effects that saffron hase on each of these problems, it can be indirectly effective in improving females problems.
Dear ladies by adding red gold to your diet, you can strengthen your immune system and thus eliminate allergies and sensitivities;
because saffron is rich in vitamin C and also has very high amounts of antioxidants,which are very effective in maintaining woman’s health.
- C) saffron benefits for male
In this part of the article we are going to express the saffron benefits for male. Saffron is a warm Spice that has been named as a sedative in many scientific sources due to the presence of two substances, Crocin and safranal.
The most important effect of saffron for men is to increase the probability of fertility in infertile men, which is the results of the effect of saffron on a sperms.
Another saffron benefit for male is to increase libido and solve their sexual problems.
- d) saffron benefits in pregnancy
It is interesting to know that saffron plant has various uses even during pregnancy.
Of course you must consult your doctor for medicinal purposes; because consuming too much saffron can cause miscarriage.
Consumption of saffron during pregnancy has different qualities and in the first trimester you should try not to go for the front at all.
One of their saffron benefits during pregnancy is it’s effect on increasing breast milk and sweetening it and this issue can be a good help for better and more feeding of the baby.
- Other saffron benefits in pregnancy include the following:
- Relieves stomach and kidney pain due to its antispasmodicproperties.
- Increased appetite and improve digestion
- Regulation and adjustment of blood pressure
- Reduce morning cramps
- Relieving anemia and regulating comfortable asleep
How to use saffron
Saffron is one of the most popular spices among different Nations that gives a unique aroma and colour to food and has many benefits.
In order to be able to use the colour and aroma of saffron in our food correctly or to benefit from its healing properties, we must be able to consume saffron in the correct way.
In the following we will introduce a number of correct methods of consuming saffron.
- Brewing saffron with boiling water
- Melting saffron with ice
- Saffron tea
- Saffron herbal tea
Can you consume saffron daily?
In general, the consumption of saffron carries little risk. Cooking with saffron is a great way to add it to the diet without the risk of consuming too much of this spice.
Taking up to 1.5 gram of saffron each day is generally safe; but eating too much can be toxic.
How to store saffron
Keep threads in a cool, dry ,dark place (you can put it in the freezer for up to a year).
Saffron water can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for up to three weeks.