Crocus sativus, Saffron

Crocus sativus, Saffron. See those long red stigmas? Once delicately plucked by hand and dried, that is the saffron of commerce (representing only 7+% of the weight of the flower). Addition of the yellow styles into the dried product is considered undesirable floral waste, lowering the quality. As a medicinal plant, the use of saffron for kidney problems dates back over 3,500 years. Saffron preparations have been the subject of recent clinical trials for the treatment of mild to moderate depression. This most precious spice will cost you about $10US per gram.

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