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What is saffron?

Saffron, also known as crocus and crocus, is a perennial flower of the genus crocus in Iridaceae and a common spice. Perennial herb. The bulb is oblate and spherical, with a diameter of about 3 cm and a yellowish brown membranous coating. Crocus sativus originates from countries along the Mediterranean Sea. It tastes sweet and cold. It is picked when the color of the flower changes from yellow to red in summer. The dried stigma is taken and dried in the shade or in the sun for raw use. In addition to promoting blood circulation and removing blood stasis, it also has the effect of cooling blood and detoxifying, relieving depression and calming nerves. It can be used for the treatment of stomach disease, regulating menstruation, measles, fever, jaundice, hepatosplenomegaly, etc. The reason why saffron is called saffron is closely related to the culture of China's Silk Road and the history of Tibetan tribute. In the Qing Dynasty, crocus was a valuable medicinal material that Tibet paid tribute to the Central Plains. It was transported through the Kashmir Plateau, so the inland people called it safflower or saffron. During the reign of Emperor Wu of the Han Dynasty, Zhang Qian sent his envoys to the Western Regions to bring saffron back from Iran and other countries. It was transported along the Silk Road, which was imported from India and transited from Tibet. Over time, the mainland people thought that saffron was a specialty of Tibet, called saffron.1 gram saffron for sale

Saffron Form

The bulb of crocus is oblate and spherical, with a diameter of about 3 cm, and a yellowish brown skin outside. Its leaves are basal, and there are 9-15 leaves on it. The color is gray green, and the length is about 15-20 cm. The edge part will be slightly rolled back. It can blossom. One plant has 1-2 flowers. The color of the flowers is not simple, including white, light blue, red purple. The anthers inside are yellow, and the flowers have fragrance.

Saffron Habit

Crocus sativus likes to be wet, so it needs reasonable water supply everyday to keep certain water content in the soil. It is relatively cold resistant in winter, but keep warm when the climate is cold. It can withstand half shade, but it cannot grow without sunshine, so it needs to be given enough light.

Saffron Use

Modern research has found that saffron contains carotenoids, flavonoids, vitamins, volatile oil and other components, which have the effects of anti thrombosis, anticoagulation, anti hypoxia, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, blood lipid lowering, liver protection, anti myocardial ischemia, heart protection, anti cerebral ischemia, and protection of optic nerve cells. It has many uses. In addition to being ornamental, it is also a precious Chinese herbal medicine. It can be drunk in water and has many effects. It can also be used for food flavoring and coloring, and can also be used to make meals. Saffron is not only a high-grade spice, but also a valuable Chinese herbal medicine. Its function of promoting blood circulation and nourishing blood is particularly significant. Saffron is mostly used for soaking in water. It can make people energetic and ruddy, improve the symptoms of qi and blood insufficiency, and also has the effect of anti-aging.

It can also eliminate toxins in the body, improve human resistance, and promote blood supply in a timely manner. It can also regulate endocrine disorders, eliminate color spots, reduce cholesterol, promote fat metabolism, and has the effect of anti-tumor.

In addition to soaking in water, saffron can also be used as a condiment for cooking soup and vegetables.

Taboos of saffron

Saffron is cold in nature and has the effect of activating blood circulation and removing blood stasis. Therefore, pregnant women, elderly people, patients with spleen and stomach deficiency cold, and women during menstruation should not take it. Saffron belongs to traditional Chinese medicine and is not a health product. It should not be taken in large quantities for a long time.

Warm tip:

In the tourism market, it is often seen that the so-called "saffron" sold by people is actually a fake grass saffron, not a real saffron. Grass safflower is also called ordinary safflower or simply safflower. It is totally different from saffron. The effect is far from perfect. It is suggested to find a regular trading company to buy, so as to avoid being cheated.

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