FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION
Saffron is the most adulterated spice in the world, because once it is turned into powder it can be mixed with other parts of plant or with different plants such as turmeric, syw, marigold, but also with minerals or synthetic dyes. For this reason you’d better buy stigmas.
Saffron can be defined “the spice of health”. It is rich in vitamins A, B1, B2 and C. It contains folic acid and minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, iron, magnesium, manganese, copper, zinc and selenium. It is also rich in natural antioxidants. It stimulates immune system and digestion. It protects respiratory tract, heart and arteries. It increases concentration and helps in case of depression.
From 150.000 to 230.000 flowers.
Yes, saffron belongs to crocus species. Its botanical name is Crocus Sativus. There are more then 80 kinds of crocus, but only from Crocus Sativus we can obtain the precious spice.
Coloring saffron power is given by crucin, a carotenoid. Yellow color is due to dilution of spice into food.
There are many reasons. Mainly depends on the fact that collecting and drying pistils is carried out only by hand. It takes a lot of flowers to produce a few grams of spice.
Usually stigmas are left into hot water for some minutes. But let’s lay ice cubes on saffron powder! Once dissolved properties of spice will be at its maximum!
There are many fields where saffron is useful. In addition to gastronomic sector it is used in medicine and cosmetics. Saffron is, for example, very useful for losing weight!