The Saffron plant is of singular beauty, with a short lived regal flower, a purple corolla providing a glorious backdrop to three, dark red stigmas in the centre.
Saffron Strands derived from the 3 dried stigmas of each Crocus Sativus flower and has a deep auburn colour and sweet flavour. As well as being known for being reassuringly expensive, is packed with antioxidants. The stigmas can only be picked by hand and it takes half a million stigmas to make just a kilo of saffron, hence its high price. Fortunately, a little saffron goes a long way. The most sought after variety is from north East Persia.
It is reputed to combat depression and lower blood pressure, to soften skin and hair and is a key ingredient in a broad range of dishes from Swedish buns to Spanish paella, to Persian rice dishes and Indian curries.
Cleopatra used it to infuse her bathwater.
Alexander the Great took Saffron baths to sooth battle wounds and drank saffron tea (sustained ironically by Persian Swords).
How to check if saffron is genuine
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