Saffron is a phenomenal spice that has been cultivated and farmed since the ancient Assyrians! It has been used for treating coughs, colds, stomach ailments, insomnia, and even minor depression.
Saffron in food and drinks!
Saffron is one of the worlds most valued spices. High quality saffron comes in at 65 USD per gram while 24 karat gold is valued at 41 USD per gram. Considering it takes 4,500 crocus flowers to make up one ounce of saffron spice, this makes more sense. However, one only needs a tiny bit of it to completely transform their rice, sauce or tea!
Some may still wonder what the benefit of this exotic spice is. The aroma it gives off is surreal and the health benefits stretch far. First, the manganese content is off the charts at nearly 400% of the daily recommended value! Manganese helps regulate blood sugar, metabolism, and calcium absorption. It also may helps form tissues, bones, and sex hormones but this needs further study. Most amazingly, its powerful carotenoids and antioxidants can protect your body from external damage. On top of all this, it also helps uplift your mood. That is why it is such a popular morning additive to the morning tea of many Iranians.
Like with green tea, there is promising cancer research being done but there is still much more experimenting and confirmation remaining. Nonetheless it is an amazing spice and I highly recommend it at least once a week in your tea, rice, or creative culinary craft.
Stay Healthy, Stay Happy!