What is Saffron?

What is Saffron?

Saffron is a plant, with many different uses. It is native to Southwest Asia. It is also the most expensive spice in the world, but luckily a little goes a long way in terms of flavor and color.

Forms of Saffron

Saffron is available in several different forms. In terms of culinary usage, it is available in whole stigmas, and ground forms. Whole stigmas are the best way to go because they will retain flavor for longer, and you can be sure you’re getting the real thing. It can take 75,000 blossoms to produce a pound of spice, which is part of the reason why it comes with a hefty price tag.

Beyond the spice form, you can find it extract form, used in pills, capsules and tablets to create a supplement. The extract is also available in liquid form, for those who want to mix it in drinks or make a saffron tea, or use it in perfume making.

Saffron Uses

Saffron is commonly used in Indian and other forms of cuisine, and as a treatment for a variety of health conditions, ranging from asthma to premature ejaculation. It is also used as a yellow food coloring, dye, and fragrance.

Read through this website to learn more about the various health benefits of saffron, to help you determine if you will benefit from using it in your diet.