Saffron CROCUS SATIVA
Origin: Southern Europe
Components: crocin, picrocrocin, safranal
The stamens of the purple flower crocus sativus are known as saffron, which is the costliest spice in the world. This exotic spice is a native of Southern Europe and today cultivated worldwide in many countries, particularly in Spain, Italy, France, Greece, Turkey, Iran and in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.
Three strands of saffron are in every flower, representing the three worlds. As the name “sativus” implies, the energetic quality of saffron is very sattvic (spiritually refined and pure) It has powerful carotenoids and antioxidants that can protect your body from free radical damage. Saffron is an excellent source of minerals like copper, potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, selenium, zinc and magnesium. Additionally, it is also rich in many vital vitamins, including vitamin-A, folic acid, riboflavin, niacin, and vitamin-C that is essential for optimum health.