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Saffron is the most expensive spice in the world — with 1 pound (450 grams) costing between 500 and 5,000 U.S. dollars.
The reason for its hefty price is its labor-intensive harvesting method, making the production costly.
Saffron is harvested by hand, certified and original Kashmiri saffron with our freshly picked strands straight from 'The Saffron Town' - Pampore. The term “saffron” applies to the flower’s thread-like structures, or stigma.
It originated in Greece, where it was revered for its medicinal properties. People would eat saffron to enhance libido, boost mood, and improve memory. Saffron is rich in plant compounds that act as antioxidants, such as crocin, crocetin,safranal, and kaempferol. Antioxidants help protect your cells against oxidative stress. Both eating and smelling saffron appears to help treat PMS symptoms, such as irritability, headaches, cravings, pain, and anxiety. It may have aphrodisiac properties for both men and women and may especially help those taking antidepressants.(healthline)
How to use
In small doses, saffron has a subtle taste and aroma and pairs well with savory dishes, such as paella, risottos, and other rice dishes.
The best way to draw out saffron’s unique flavor is to soak the threads in hot — but not boiling — water. Add the threads and the liquid to your recipe to achieve a deeper, richer flavor. In India saffron is famously added to almost all sweet dishes for flavor and the golden colour and the well known Biryani Rice dish.
Though saffron is the most expensive spice in the world, a small amount goes a long way, and you often won’t need more than a pinch in your recipes. In fact, using too much saffron can give your recipes an overpowering medicinal taste.(healthline)