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What is saffron?

Saffron is the most expensive spice in the world with incredible benefits. It is one of the medicinal plants and herbal spices in the world that grows in Iran, Egypt, Spain, Italy, Turkey, Switzerland, Pakistan, and Morocco. Iran is the center of producing saffron in the world.

Saffron is a perennial herbaceous plant that grows up to thirty centimeters in height. This plant has purple flowers with six petals. The Saffron flower has three stamens and an ovary leading to the three-branched red stigma. The part used in this plant is the end of the style and the three-branched stigma, which is known as saffron and has a red color and pleasing aroma. Due to its high value, this plant is known as red gold.


History of saffron

Crocus sativus or saffron crocus, commonly known as saffron, is the raw substance of one of the most expensive spices in the world, and humans have used it for centuries. Egyptian healers used it to treat digestive system diseases. Also, ancient Romans used this herb to heal wounds and ease upper respiratory problems. Nowadays, this herb is used as anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer medicine, and scientists are studying its effect in curing cognitive disorders. Other uses of saffron in traditional medicine are fetus abortion as well as curing spasms, high fever, colds, bronchitis[1], and insomnia.

[1] Bronchitis is an infection of the main airways of the lungs (bronchi), causing them to become irritated and inflamed.

Saffron In traditional and Ayurvedic medicine

This plant is used as an expectorant, anti-cough, sedative, anti-asthma, adaptogen (stabilizer), and menstrual period medicine (medicine or anything used to speed up or intensify vaginal bleeding). This herb was used during the 16th to 19th centuries to provide various medicinal compounds to soothe the pain.

What are the chemical compounds of saffron?

Saffron has various chemical compounds that make this incredible and valuable plant more famous than ever. Today, the quantity, amount, and quality of these chemical compounds can be measured through experiments in laboratories, and the higher the percentage of these chemical compounds, the higher the quality of saffron.


Chemical Compounds of Saffron:

  • Safranal is the cause of pleasing fragrance in this herb.
  • Picrosin is the cause of an amazing taste in saffron.
  • Crocin is the cause of color in Zarparan and is an important factor in preventing cancer.

Purchasing saffron online

You can purchase saffron online by ordering from our site ( Just click on the Buy saffron icon or go to the product category.

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