The saffron spice originates from the flower called crocus sativus, also known as the saffron crocus. It is a powerful spice high in anti-oxidants. Saffron is known to be a premium spice, renowned for its delicate flavor and vibrant golden color. Its rich aroma and taste add flavor to any recipe.
Each saffron flower contains only three stigmas which can only be harvested by hand. Each stigma is then separated by hand from the saffron flower and dried. This labor intensive process is why the saffron spice is one of the most expensive and sought after spice in the world.
Cooking with saffron
Only a small amount of the precious saffron spice is needed to flavor and color your recipe. Saffron may be used in rice dishes, stews, seafood, sauces, breads and desserts. Saffron is known for its rich aroma and earthy flavor, which makes it a popular ingredient in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisines. Saffron is usually sold by the gram. The versatility of the saffron spice makes it a perfect spice to add to your pantry. Saffron has been used for thousands of years to elevate the taste and aroma in recipes.
How to use Saffron
The saffron spice are the dried stigmas of the crocus sativus, saffron flowers, grown in Afghanistan. Saffron is a spice that has inspired the culinary world for more than 4,000 years. Used in ancient rituals, folk remedies, and recognized by the greatest chefs throughout history.
In cooking, saffron works both as a flavoring agent and as a natural food colorant. Saffron powder can be combined with other sauces and spices to create a beautiful golden color when cooking. In most recipes it is required to grind the saffron threads with a mortar and pestle and add to a liquid for best absorption.
Saffron potential health benefits
Saffron has been used in food, beverages, and as a natural coloring agent. It is also used for depression, anxiety, Alzheimer disease, menstrual cramps, premenstrual syndrome (PMS). The chemical compounds found in saffron may elevate your mood, fight oxidative stress, fight cancer cells, decrease swelling because of the anti-inflammatory properties. Saffron is also been known to improve health conditions such as anxiety, depression, asthma, insomnia, cancer and heart disease. Saffron is known to be one of the most expensive spices in the world.
Buy saffron online
Moonflowers Co offers the highest quality saffron, sold online and in retail stores throughout the US. Our saffron is hand-picked by women in Afghanistan. What to know before buying saffron? The saffron spice comes from the Crocus Sativus flower (also known as the saffron flower, crocus flower or autumn crocus) and is mostly grown in Afghanistan, Iran, India, Spain and Greece. The quality of the saffron determines how strong the taste and scent will be. Moonflowers Co offers the super-negin variety which is the highest in saffranal, crocin, and picrocrocin. The super-negin variety is the highest quality of saffron and you recognize it when you see that the threads are dark red, long stemmed and do not contain any yellow or orange parts. Moonflowers Co saffron is highly fragrant and aromatic.