Saffron is one of the trendiest spices in the world these days, and for a handful of reasons. One, because it’s so incredibly expensive, which naturally has gotten foodies all intrigued about what it is. Two, because of its amazing health benefits. Three, because of its awesome taste! So what’s the deal with saffron, and what exactly is it?
What is Saffron?
Saffron is a spice that’s harvested from the crocus sativus flower, which is better known as the saffron crocus. It was first heard of in Greece, where doctors marveled over its powerful medicinal properties. Indeed, they would recommend it to patients to improve their mood and memory, as well as to enhance one’s libido.
Other Health Benefits
In addition to the things we just mentioned, saffron is also a powerful antioxidant. It’s been known to help with depression, cancer, period symptoms, weight loss, and it can even be an aphrodisiac. This is just the tip of the iceberg for this mysterious and impressive substance.
Why It’s So Expensive
In addition to all of the health benefits we just mentioned, saffron is also incredibly rare. But more than that, the process required for harvesting it is extremely rigorous. As a result, a mere pound of saffron can cost anywhere from $500 to $5,000!