Saffron is a key seasoning, fragrance, dye (colouring), and medicine that has been used for over three thousand years. Various cultures around the globe have been cultivating and using the delicate threads of the crocus sativus flower for various purposes for over three millennia. In the 21st century saffron is the most expensive spice on the planet because of its strong elegant flavour, food colour enhancing properties and uncommon accessibility, but also because of the medicinal properties of these rare red threads of saffron.
Alexander the Great is said to have adopted the use of saffron on his campaigns through Persia using it in is his baths to heal battle wounds.
In Sri Lanka people have used saffron for over 2000 years to cure headaches and to aid in labour and delivery of babies.
Originally native to Asia, saffron has become a widespread spice thanks to the spice routes in India, Europe and China. In the 21st century crocus sativus flowers are cultivated in many countries stretching from Spain, Italy, Greece and India, but the best saffron in the world comes from Morocco and Iran. Although Iran produces about 90% of the world's supply, Morocco doesn't come on second place when it comes to quality. Hundreds of years ago Morocco started cultivating saffron, using Iranian seeds, and the climate in Morocco is perfect for growing this very rare spice.
From antiquity to modern days the history of saffron is full of applications in food, drink and traditional herbal medicine. Saffron has many health benefits and is used in modern medicine for its anti-cancer and antioxidant properties.
The high cost of saffron is due to the difficulty of manually extracting the stigmas of this beautiful flower and the fact that you need almost two entire football fields to produce only 1 kilogram of saffron! Each flower only has 3 saffron threads and it takes up to 150000 flowers to produce one single kilogram of saffron! So it's easy to understand why this spice comes on top of the list of the most expensive spices and plants in the world!
Saffron has been around for centuries and has been known to be an aphrodisiac from as early as Cleopatra's time, who used saffron in her baths to increase sexual pleasure. She literally bathed in water that was infused in saffron before her sexual escapades! A rather expensive way to turn up the heat under the covers if you ask me!
The natural compounds picrocrocin and crocin make saffron great for improving erection quality and may help, especially, older men, with erectile dysfunction. Because of saffron's relaxing effect on the body stress levels can also decrease. In a study carried out by the University of Guelph, saffron was one of two natural herbs that naturally boost the human sex drive as well as decrease the effects of erectile dysfunction by causing a longer lasting erection than that which is a predisposed condition of erectile dysfunction.
In Persian traditional medicine saffron was already used against depression and now it's history of success is backed up by contemporary research. All studies carried out in the last decade unanimously found that saffron has a positive influence on our mood and shows that saffron extract possesses clear anti-depressant properties.
Where do we buy are saffron?After realising that saffron is not only excellent on food, but also possesses so many healthy benefits, we decided that Saffron was going to be our next Goachi product! Because we only source the best products nature has to offer we went on a search for the best saffron in the world and we found our saffron in a little village called Taliouine right next to the Moroccan desert.