Spicy Saturday: Saffron
Saffron is derived from the flower of Crocus Sativus a perennial plant. Saffron is said to originate in Greece or Iran. At present times saffron is used in India, Spain, Iran, and many European countries. Saffron is the most expensive spice. The price in retail ranges from $500 to $5000.
Saffron is mostly used in Indian desserts and spicy meat curries and biryanis.
The aroma of saffron is sweet like honey. The threads are dark red and look like red hay.
Saffron has many health benefits, it is touted as improving your mood and treats depression. It may have cancer-fighting properties, reduces PMS symptoms, it is an aphrodisiac, it reduces appetite, and increases weight loss.
Saffron can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for about a year.