Saffron from Kozani / Crocus


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Saffron (Crocus sativus)

Saffron is a purple flower, which has been first cultivated in Greece around the region of Kozani. Each flower has three vivid crimson stigmas, which are the usable part of the plant. Due to its extreme low yield per acre and its beneficial properties, saffron is one of the most expensive herbs in the world. Saffron was used by ancient Greeks as a coloring natural substance and for its healing properties. Hippocrates, Asclepius, Dioskorides, Galen, and other physicians of antiquity, used the word to refer to a medicinal or therapeutic herb.

Saffron contains several plant-derived chemical compounds that are known to have been antioxidant, disease preventing and health promoting properties. Moreover, women can use saffron for menstrual cramps and premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and men can use it to prevent early orgasm (premature ejaculation) and infertility. At last, saffron has positive effect against sleep problems (insomnia), cancer, “hardening of the arteries” (atherosclerosis), intestinal gas, depression, Alzheimer’s disease, spitting up blood (hemoptysis), pain, heartburn and dry skin.

By adding this novel herb in your cooking, you can give a really special flavor to your dishes, but take care of the amount that you add, because overdose can change the taste of the whole plate. Saffronmatches perfectly with rice, pasta, sauces, chicken, fish soups, lamb, potatoes, pulses, bread, cakes and even ice-cream. To make the beverage, take 10-12 saffron’s stigmata and dissolve them in a cup of water.

Health Benefits of Saffron

Learn AboutSaffronBenefits Health Benefits Taking saffron by mouth seems to improve symptoms of major depression after 6-8 weeks of treatment. Some studies suggest that saffron might be as effective as taking a low-dose prescription antidepressant such as fluoxetine or imipramine. A study conducted by Professor Silvia Bisti at ARC Centre of Excellence in Vision Science [...]

Mythology – Saffron

Learn AboutSaffronMythology In classical mythology, Crocus (the Greek name of saffron) was a mortal youth who, was turned by the gods into a plant bearing his name, the crocus (saffron), because they were unhappy with his love affair with nymph Smilax. Smilax is believed to have been given a similar fate and transformed into bindweed. [...]

Side Effects of Saffron

Learn AboutSaffronSide Effects Saffron is possibly safe for most people when taken by mouth as a medicine for up to 6 weeks. Some possible side effects include dry mouth, anxiety, dizziness, drowsiness, nausea, change in appetite and headache. Allergic reactions can occur in some people. Taking large amounts of saffron by mouth is possibly unsafe. [...]

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