It grows well in warm, humid areas in India, Spain and the Middle East and has been used for centuries as both a spice and as a textile dye and paint. Saffron-based pigments have been discovered in the prehistoric paints used in 50,000-year-old cave art found in modern-day Iraq.
A little of this spice goes a very long way but it is an essential ingredient in dishes like bouillabaisse, paella, and other rice dishes. Let's take a closer look at saffron's properties and how to use it.
- Good source of manganese, vitamin C, magnesium, iron, potassium, and vitamin B6.
- Beneficial for blood sugar regulation, calcium absorption and carbohydrate metabolism.
- Promotes the healthy formation of tissues, bones and sex hormones.
- Fights infection, purifies the blood and helps balance fluids in the cells.