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What is Saffron?

Saffron is a spice derived from the saffron rose, a perennial plant related to the lily, also known by its scientific name Crocus sativus. Crocus means thread in Greek, culinary ingredients. This special spice has been around for a thousand years and has a plethora of uses. It is indigenous to the bare and treeless terrain of Greece before it became propagated throughout Europe, Asia, and North America.

Saffron is a labor-intensive crop which makes it so expensive. It has three delicate crimson stigmas in the center which are handpicked, placed on a riddle, and cured over heat to amplify its flavor. It thrives best in warm, humid climates. Iran is the world’s largest supplier of saffron to date. Apart from its unique earthy essence, the health benefits of the saffron what makes it a highly priced spice.

Saffron health benefits includes promoting mental health, helping prevent macular degeneration, enhancing the skin, preventing hair loss, supporting respiratory health, increasing sexual vitality, relieving pain and supporting hormone system. Other benefits includes support heart health, promoting good digestion and good for optimal cell function.

Saffron Nutrition Information (per 2g)

Calories 6.2 kJ
Carbohydrates 19.7 kJ
Fat 4.2 kJ
Protein 2.5 kJ
Total Carbohydrate 1.3 g
Dietary fiber 0.1 g
Omega-3 fatty acids 25 mg
Omega-6 fatty acids 15.1 mg
Protein 0.2 g
Vitamin A -10.6 UI
Vitamin C- 1.6 mg – 3% RDA
Vitamin B6- 1%
Folate- 1.9 mcg
Calcium- 2.2 mg
Iron 0.2 mg – 1% RDA
Magnesium -5.3 mg – 1% RDA
Phosphorus- 5 mg – 1% RDA
Potassium -34.5 mg – 1% RDA
Manganese 0.6 -mg – 28% RDA
Selenium 0.1 –mcg

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