A well-known word but not as well-known are the benefits and uses of Saffron.
Often cultivated around the Mediterranean regions, Saffron comes from a flower called the saffron crocus. The Saffron strands are the stigmas of the plant that connect the stalk to the brightly coloured purple flower. It is mainly used for seasoning and colouring food during preparation, but is also said to have many medicinal purposes. So why is Saffron so expensive? Well for around a 1 Kg harvest of Saffron it is the equivalent of growing the plant over two football fields and collecting the stigmas. That’s a lot of growing and a lot of fine picking. Like most rare items on this planet, Saffron has extra benefits. It has a bitter taste and a bright red colour with a confusion of aromas, like honey and hay mixed together.
A pound of saffron can contain up to 200000 threads and has a retail value of over £500 upwards. Amongst its ingredients are Vitamin A,Thiamine,Riboflavin,Niacin,Vitamin C, Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium, Zinc, Selenium, Folate, Vitamin B6 and Ash amongst others. It is not surprising then, that some studies conducted have alluded to the fact that Saffron can have very good health improvement associations. Premenstrual syndrome, depression, Obesity, cancer, Alzheimer’s, poor eyesight and depression are some of the ailing that have been helped in research laboratories during recent years. With only a tiny pinch required, the Saffron is usually boiled in water to release its colour and powerful elements. Saffron can be used to colour rice or pastas, add flavour, and generally brighten up an otherwise bland look. For a teaspoon of saffron, about three teaspoons of water should be used. The leaves will almost double in size whilst left to stew for a few hours. Our Wholesale Saffron is very delicate and needs to be kept dry and out of direct sunlight, so our containers are perfect for this.
Eurofoods’ Saffron (code 42SR) is harvested from Spain and is beautifully presented in 1g containers for both wholesale and food service.
Please visit our website for further information on obtaining it.