Kesar (Crocus sativus) is among the most exquisite flavors of the world. It is also the most known spice used in Iran, China, Egypt, and India for a long time.
It helps transform your food's taste and has several health benefits as well.
It also acts as an aphrodisiac as per old Persian, Egyptian, and Indian medicine. It has been used for about 3,000 years.
Keshar Health Benefits
It helps cleanse the body, enhance sexual appetite, and sharpen/improve the brain.
It is known as a color enhancer in medicine, and for its sweet smell.
For the stigmas to have the most incredible taste, Crocus sativus should be plucked on the same day
it blooms. Flowers are so small that they are manually picked.
The red stigmas have the taste, so you need about 400 flowers for one gram of the spice.
Each flower creates only three stigmas, so it would take about 75,000 crocus blossoms to create one pound of this spice.
In India, Kashmir is the place where it can flourish because it is of subtropical origin.
There are many stories about how the spice came to India. One of them says that Sufi saints brought it to India.
But others argue that old Hindu texts have written about the spice. Whatever be the case, we got a wonderful spice!
How to pick Kashmiri Saffron?
It is the world's most expensive spice. Thus it is widely faked. Many fake and contaminated materials are colored to copy the spice.
To know whether your purchase is pure or not, pour milk or water on the item (only a little bit), and if the water or the milk color changes quickly, its a fake one.
The genuine product should be soaked up milk or warm water at least 10 mins before it starts to build up its dark red tone and pleasant smell.
It is viewed as one of the most valuable spices on the planet today, so it is essential to understand how its quality is marked.
Its shading quality marks it. It stands among the top adulterated flavors. That is why you must know whether different flavors are added to get a clear picture.
Regarding shading, quality is the core of attention. The higher the shading quality, the higher the quality.
Commonly, its shading quality is given by a 2- or 3-digit numbers, such as 95, 100, eighty, or 200 and 35. A higher number indicates higher quality.
As per the International Organization for Standardization or ISO, saffron with a shading quality of 90-100 or more is considered excellent, which hints at its decent quality.
Another way is by checking the grade of the spice before buying it. A+ grade kesar is the best quality kesar you can find.
Three easy ways you can test the quality of your spice are:
- This spice smells sweet but tastes bitter. It is as bitter as tobacco. If the spice you've bought tastes sweet then it is not genuine.
- Strands of this spice do not dissolve in water.
- The spice dyes water or milk but it never loses its color. Also, its color never fades.
Health benefits of saffron
Saffron kesar has many medical benefits. It cleanses the body, sharpens/improves mental health, and takes a small step towards increasing sexual appetite and enhancing efficiency at a more critical stage.
Studies say that it is being used as a natural healing substance. It has vast importance in the treatment of many eye diseases and cancer treatment.
Saffron threads and painkillers have a detrimental effect on Parkinson's disease. Lowering blood pressure and cholesterol is also among the many benefits of this spice.
To lower depression, its stigma has therapeutic properties. The two components are:
These can be efficient in activating neurochemicals such as serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine. Such components can treat mild to extreme depression effectively.
It is a huge success in treating colds, stomach problems, PMS, sleep deprivation, and heart problems.
The extracts of Crocus sativus have anti-inflammatory properties. This effect can be caused by flavonoids, tannins, alkaloids, and saponins.
It has anti-swelling properties that decrease swelling of the nasal pathways.
It also reduces the inflammation in the lungs.
It will help expecting ladies with respiratory illness by removing any blockages in the lungs and windpipe.
Their anti-swelling effects are due to the healing properties.
Relative to cream-treated wounds, it leads to a faster proliferation of skin cells in fresh wounds.
It contains potassium and crocetin, which can help bring down your blood pressure.
It has hostile-to-parasite properties that help diminish skin inflammation or pimples. It also removes tanning from the skin.
It expands blood flow to your digestive system, serving to support your digestion. It aids digestion.
It loosens up the muscles, which helps stomach pain furthermore, and relieves cramps.
This spice gives a unique taste and fragrance that makes your dinner look and taste great.
The typical method to use saffron at home is to delicately soak a few thin pieces/strings in water or milk.