Iranian saffron of premiun quality: the medicine, the spice, the offering.
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Saffron: the medicine, the spice, the offering.
The saffron has very ancient history. The first mention of it as a valuable medicine and incense was found in Chinese medical treatises of 2600 BC, in Egyptian medical texts 1500 BC, in written sources of the Sumerian civilization and the Old Testament. Saffron was used as a medicine, giving energy and sexual power, to cure cataracts and as an antidote, as well as an incense to dispell the bad smells. It was given as a valuable and exquisite gift to high-ranking persons. It was prestigious to wear clothes and shoes dyed with saffron.
Today, saffron is used as a spice, as an important ingredient in medicinal formulations, and as a ritual substance used on the altar for the water offering.
The best saffron is Iranian saffron, which makes up 81% of the global yield of this spice. More than thirty saffron processing factories operate in Iran, and the export of this spice is one of the most profitable of the state.
The second in quality - Spanish saffron. Its feature is the cooking technology: the spice is dried in special ovens.
The third in this list is Kashmir, which is grown in the north of India in the states of Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh with ideal growing conditions for it. The stigmas of Kashmir saffron are long and have a rich aroma, their color is slightly lighter than that of Iranian and Spanish, with a slight yellowing. Indian saffron is traditionally harvested whole, and dried under the hot rays of the sun.
The quality of saffron can be determined in several ways. First, you can immerse the stigmas in the water. If the stigma has sunk to the bottom, then the spice is considered high-quality. If it remains afloat, then this indicates a low quality product. A simple visual inspection can also tell a lot: when collecting the stigma of a flower, only the upper, most fragrant and rich in color, red parts of the stigma are used, and the lower yellow ones are removed by hand. Therefore, high-quality saffron has evenly saturated red color, with almost no yellow lower parts. Stigma should have a strong smell, and not be overly crispy, crumble into dust when touched: fragility indicates that the saffron has been dried out. It is this fragility is a feature of Kashmir saffron.
We offer you the real Iranian saffron of the highest quality. The product is sold by weight, and measured in grams by the jewelry scale.
Saffron is widely used in traditional medicine. Ancient medical systems believe that it improves digestion and appetite, tones the body. It is used to strengthen the stomach, heart, liver, respiratory system and nervous system, to cleanse the kidneys, as an analgesic, sedative, anticonvulsant, diuretic, choleretic and diaphoretic. In ancient time the saffron was infused against cataracts, and it used nowadays as a part of the eye drops. Saffron nourishes all the cells of the body, smoothes the skin, improves the complexion, memory, mind, improves mood. Saffron is widely used in the pharmaceutical industry, and is part of a variety of medicinal formulations of oriental medicine.
Modern Western medicine also confirms the presence of a therapeutic effect from the use of crocin in the treatment of a number of diseases.
Due to the high cost of saffron, there are many fakes of this spice on the market. The simpliest fake is colored and flavored pieces of the plastic: it is easy to distinguish it. But there are also more sophisticated fakes, such as dyed and flavored organic fibers, such as cellulose. Outwardly, they are very similar to the real stigmas of saffron. You can distinguish them only by soaking them in water: the fibers completely give off the dye, and become almost colorless. Unscrupulous vendors also mix other plants with saffron, dilute the stamens of crocuses, and cover the stigmas with glycerin to increase their weight and volume.
If you went to travel to Tibet, do not try to buy so called "Tibetan saffron" from local shops: at best, buy saffron at a greatly inflated price, and at worst - a low-quality fake. Saffron in Tibet is NOT growing !!!
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