The Best Things About Saffron
A pinch of saffron could potentially add up to a plethora of benefits that could improve your health. Synonymous with luxury, saffron is widely known to have a high price tag.
What is Saffron?
Originally, saffron comes from the stigma and styles of the flower, Crocus Sativus. Each flower usually produces only 3 stigmas. Thus, to produce 1kg of saffron, 15,000 to 16,000 flowers are needed. This labour-intensive process of plucking and drying saffron makes it one of the most expensive spices globally. With such a high price tag on saffron, the benefits it brings are undoubtedly worthy of the price.
Saffron has a rich history of treating various health conditions. Traditionally, saffron is one of the most sought-after spices – A prized possession and used as a medicinal plant. People used it to treat many illnesses ranging from eye, skin and digestive disorders, depression, asthma, menstrual problems, and sexual dysfunction.
Its high level of specific antioxidants and anti-bacterial components have linked to these incredible benefits:
- Preventing nervous system disorder
- Anti-depressant effect
- Boosting of memory
- Preventing cancer
- Improving heart health
Today, the world's top saffron producers come from Iran, Greece, Morocco, India, Spain and Italy. Many cuisines have now integrated saffron to give it a refreshing tinge of fruity and flowery flavour.
How to Identify High-Grade Saffron?
The best quality saffron is deep red with occasional orange tips. When soaked in water or milk, it takes at least 15 minutes for the slight yellow colour to show up.
Enough said, try these 3 incredible saffron tricks to yield the advantages!
1. SAFFRON MILK & TEA
Indulge in a twist of taste and nutrition with beverages with saffron spice. Try making saffron milk or tea during your tea break for a mood-lifting and refreshing experience.
Get ready these ingredients:
Direction to making saffron milk:
- Boil the milk.
- Add in sugar and saffron strands, mix it well.
- Simmer for another 5 minutes.
- Ready to serve.
Direction to making saffron tea:
- Boil the water.
- Stir the water, saffron, mint leaves and honey, until honey is dissolved completely.
- Let it infuse for a few minutes.
- Filter the mixture and serve.
2. GARLIC SHRIMP WITH SAFFRON AND WHITE WINE
Saffron aroma and essence accentuate the taste of your dishes. Try this garlic shrimp with saffron and white wine. All you need is 20 minutes of your time to cook up 2 servings of the shrimp-saffron dish.
Make a protein and antioxidant-rich meal with the following ingredients:
- Add saffron threads into the hot white wine and let it infuse.
- Season the shrimp with 1 pinch of sea salt and black pepper.
- Heat a frying pan over medium heat with the olive oil for 2 minutes then mix in the garlic and shallots.
- Season with 1 pinch of sea salt and black pepper, and stir.
- Add the shrimp and flip it after 1 minute.
- Add the saffron-infused wine, lemon juice, and parsley, then give the pan a quick shake for 1 minute.
- Remove the shrimp from the pan to a shallow bowl.
- Continue to cook the sauce until it thickens, then pour the sauce over the shrimp and sprinkle the dish with some fresh parsley.
3. SAFFRON MASK
Here's another amazing fact about saffron; it helps you to achieve blemish-free skin. The anti-bacterial properties of saffron helps to heal and reduce blemishes and acne. It acts as an effective agent to treat your skin.
How to Apply?
Crush 3 strands of saffron with a mortar and pestle. Mix in 1 tablespoon of honey. Apply this mixture to your skin or targeted acne spots for 10 minutes before rinsing it off. Make sure you apply it regularly to get naturally flawless and glowing skin.
You can now get our high-grade Persian saffron here! Remember to store the saffron in a cool, dark place to ensure it stays fresh and fragrant!