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The saffron (Crocus sativus) is a bulbous plant that blooms in the fall and produces the most expensive spice on the market.
Originally from Greece and the Middle East, saffron was already greatly appreciated by the Greeks and Romans, and it even experienced its period of glory, in the 18th century, considered then as " the king of plants ”or "Lung friend".
- Gardening: how to grow saffron crocus
Saffron and its health benefits
Over time, saffron has been recognized for many therapeutic virtues: aphrodisiac and stimulating, narcotic or calming, saffron was recommended in the treatment of painful periods (dysmenorrhea) or to calm the cough. It was even said that he brought the gaiety.
Today, we have almost abandoned the therapeutic virtues saffron for the benefit of itsculinary properties.
- Saffron is still used to relieve teething painful for children (the famous Delabarre syrup is based on saffron).
- Saffron is recommended for itsvirtues anti-genotoxic andanti-carcinogens.
- Tonic, saffron helps fight tired and the overwork. It also helps in recovery after sport. Saffron stimulates appetite and excites the stomach.
- Digestive and hepatic, this spice stimulates the liver, in particular reducing effects of alcohol.
- In China, saffron is very commonly found in pharmacy. It is recommended there against abdominal pain, for provoke the rules ortreat pulmonary embolism.
- In infusion (1 g or 40 stigmas of saffron per liter of water), saffron is used asaphrodisiac or hypnotic. Drink 2 to 3 cups a day.
- In massages, saffron soothes the pain of the gums and the pains felt during teething babies. You can rub their gums with saffron syrup or saffron tincture cut in water.
Growing saffron for its benefits
- Saffron is easily cultivated. To grow, it needs exposure hot, dried and sunny. It will flourish in a soil poor, sandy see stony and drained.
- In a jar minimum 15 cm and with a sandy soil, your saffron will please perfectly but it will not give as much as in the ground.
- For the to harvest, carefully cut the pistils with your fingers or tweezers and dry them on a sheet, out of direct sunlight, before placing them in an airtight box.
- Warning to mice and other voles that attack saffron bulbs regularly and in all seasons!
Saffron, such a precious spice!
Saffron is the spice more expensive of the world but it is increasingly rare to find a product pure. These flowers, which only live 24 hours, must be picked on the day they hatch, and it takes almost 150 flowers to obtain a single gram of this precious spice.
Be carefult: the price of saffron is so high (up to 30,000 euros per kilo) that it is of great interest to fraudsters who do not hesitate tomix with precious pistils, worthless spices. Some sellers go so far as to use dye to imitate saffron!
Saffron in cooking for its benefits
Saffron is one of the oldest dyes : the Egyptians were already using it 3000 years ago to dye the shroud that was used to wrap the mummies. And it was also once used as a food coloring to color butter, cheese, pasta and various pastries.
It’s with the fish that saffron goes best: bouillabaisse, fish soup and paella are his favorite preparations!