You may have heard about saffron when ordering your delicious Middle-eastern, and Indian food. However, do you know exactly how it looks like, and why is it so famous?
Saffron is a type of flower in which its stigmas have many medicinal properties. For thousands of years, people add saffron to many middle eastern cuisines due to its unique aroma and health benefits. From appetizer to dessert, you can easily find saffron in the dishes when you visit the middle east. According to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization, 85% of saffron in the world grows in Iran, and 1 gram of saffron can cost you up to US$16, which makes it the most luxurious spice in the world. Fortunately, a tiny bit of saffron goes a long way, and you can use the saffron from cooking to beauty remedy in the comfort of your own home.
Saffron as cooking ingredients
Saffron has a distinct aroma, and many people use it as an edible yellow-colouring agent. When purchasing saffron, you need to ensure that it is pleasingly fragrant and stigmas are deep red in colour. Moreover, saffron in thread form releases more aroma when grounded manually than the powdered form. Like any other dried herb, saffron should be kept in an airtight container and away from the sunlight to preserve the aroma. To avoid waste, measure the saffron according to the recipe with a kitchen scale as pinches are inaccurate. Additionally, avoid wooden utensils as wood absorbs the spice’s flavour. It is best to use at the start of the cooking time for a relatively mild seasoned dish to allow the distinct aroma to come to the forefront.
Saffron for health benefit
If you want to remain healthy, drinking Saffron-infused water daily will be the best decision you have ever made. Saffron has the proven ability to help you have a good night sleep and rest, as it detoxes your body during sleep, which in turn, making you more productive during the day. In addition, it is also helpful in improving moods, eye vision, reducing pain from menstrual cramps and premenstrual syndrome. If you fancy something different, lightly infuse your tea, warm milk or even cocktail with saffron to have a new saffron-infused experience in your kitchen.
Saffron face mask for a youthful skin
In wintertime, undoubtedly, our skin becomes dehydrated, dry and dull. As the beauty industry starts recognizing the anti-inflammatory and antibacterial benefit of saffron, we may conclude that saffron is a fantastic property for skin, even if applied topically. With this in mind, saffron provides antioxidant property such as the high contents of Vitamin C, which helps lightens acne scars while reducing hyperpigmentation. Besides, it smooths the skin textures and moisturizes the skin to prevent wrinkles. Grind three threads of saffron and add it into your favourite homemade face mask for velvety skin.
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