Saffron Spice For Kidney and Liver
most precious spice in the world, it takes around 4300
of the breathtakingly beautiful royal purple flowers of
the crocus plant to produce a single ounce of saffron.
The golden spice comes is obtained from the thread-like
stigmas, exactly three of which are present in every
flower. It is so fabulously expensive that a hundred
dollars would buy less than an ounce of good quality
saffron. Fortunately, due to its intense flavoring and
coloring power, a tiny pinch would suffice in any recipe
- bringing it within the reach of the ordinary housewife
wanting to create that special delicacy that utilizes
saffron's exquisite flavor and color.
History of Saffron Spice
Saffron is believed to have originated - and is still
produced - in Greece or Asia Minor, which is now part of
Turkey. The Babylonians used saffron for healing and
coloring purposes. According to Biblical tradition,
saffron was one of the fragrant plants that grew in King
The ancient Greeks and Romans sprayed
water incensed with saffron powder to perfume their
banquet halls and theatres. The ancient Egyptians burned
saffron powder during their religious ceremonies.
Saffron was probably introduced to Medieval Europe by
the Crusaders who brought it from Arabia and India, and
is mentioned in an almost a third of the recipes of that
Saffron in Cooking
Saffron pairs marvelously with rice, and is an
indispensable ingredient in many classical recipes: the
Indian rice Palau, the Risotto a la Milanese of Italy,
and the Spanish paella. Saffron is also great in fish
and shellfish stews. Paella is often made with
shellfish, and so is the French bouillabaisse.
is also used in cooking by the Pennsylvania Dutch and
Amish, who grow their own saffron in the Lancaster
county area. Saffron also flavors Swedish cakes and
breads made for special occasions.
Health Benefits of Saffron
In folk medicine, saffron has been attributed with
various kinds of healing effects. It has been used for
the treatment of measles. In Indian traditional
medicine, it used for treating bladder, kidney and liver
disorders, and also diabetes.
Evidence brought to light
by modern research suggests that saffron may help fight
tumors, alleviate some of the side-effects of
chemotherapy and reverse the effects of brain
degeneration due alcohol consumption.
CRC Handbook of Medicinal Spices by Mary Jo Bogenschutz-Godwin,
Lost Arts: A Celebration of Culinary Traditions by Lynn
Healing Plants of the Bible by Krymow, Vincenzina,
Frisk, Sister M. Jean
Growing and Using Herbs and Spices by Milo Miloradovich