Crocus sativus (Kesar)
Crocus Sativus - Kesar
Saffron is a spice derived from the flower of the saffron crocus (Crocus sativus), a species of crocus in the family Iridaceae. Saffron, which has for decades been the worlds most expensive spice by weight, is native to Southwest Asia. Saffron is characterised by a bitter taste and an iodoform- or hay-like fragrance caused by the chemicals picrocrocin and safranal. It also contains a carotenoid dye, crocin, that gives food a rich golden-yellow hue. These traits make saffron a much-sought ingredient in many foods worldwide. Saffron is also credited with various medicinal properties. It is used as a nerve sedative. It is used in small doses, in fevers, melancholia, enlargement of the liver, and asthma.It is also considered useful for treating anemia, chlorosis and seminal debility. It also has stimulant and stomachic properties and is considered to be a remedy for catarrhal affections of children. Due to its aromatic property It is also used in perfumes and dyes.
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