It is valued for its many uses from being a gourmet ingredient to being an aphrodisiac. Here are some interesting facts about saffron.
Saffron based tints have been found in 50,000 year ago in north-west Iran. Later, the Sumerians used wild growing saffron in their remedies and magical potions.
In ancient Persia saffron threads were woven into textiles, ritually offered to divinities and used in dyes, perfumes, medicines and body baths.
Here are some more facts:
- During his Asian campaigns, Alexander the Great used Persian saffron in his infusions as a curative for battle wounds
- Damp and hot conditions damage saffron crop which can tolerate extreme low temperatures (even less than minus ten degree Celsius).
- Saffron has also been used as a fabric dye and in perfumery, particularly in China and India.
- It is also used as an insecticide or pesticide.
- Modern medicine has discovered saffron as an active anti-mutagen, immune modulator, anti-depressant, antioxidant and sex-stimulant.
- It is believed to help in ailments like indigestion, high blood pressure, menopausal problems, gastro intestine and scabies.
- Kesar is also referred for lions, as the standard complexion of lions is saffron. 10 interesting facts about saffron