Culinary Notes :
Saffron threads are used in all manner dishes, particularly those that include seafood and shellfish, as well as a variety of rices, sauces and soups. Prepare by placing whole threads into a small amount of hot liquid – either milk, stock or water – to allow the flavour and colour to release before adding to the dish.
- Saffron is best added during cooking to allow maximum flavour to develop. Only half a gram is usually needed to flavour most family size dishes.
- Used to colour and flavour dishes such as paella and biryani, breads, cakes, fish, risotto, and bouillabaisse.
Saffron has health benefits and medicinal properties. It is considered as an antioxidant and disease preventing. Its antioxidant properties protect the body from stress, cancer and infections. It is also considered to be an antiseptic, antidepressant and help aid in the upkeep of good digestion. It is a good source of minerals such as copper, potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, selenium, zinc and magnesium. Additionally, it is rich in vitamin A, folic acid, riboflavin, niacin and vitamin-C. The abundance of vitamin A means that it is often considered to prevent retinal decay over time
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Other names or spelling: Yellow Flower, Crocus sativus, Safron, Saphron