As you are probably aware there are different qualities of Spanish saffron available on the market:
This is the highest quality saffron of saffron available. The main characteristic of coupe grade saffron is that the stigmas are all totally red and it´s this part of the saffron thread that increases its colouring power and gives it it strong aroma.
Commonly known as “coupe” and sometimes called “all red”.
Saffron has a long medicinal history as part of traditional healing. Recent studies have shown it to have anti-carcinogenic (cancer-suppressing) properties, anti-mutagenic (mutation-preventing) and antioxidant properties. Drinking saffron tea is probably the easiest way to ingest saffron and enjoy the health benefits saffron can offer.
It is also very helpful for depression and protect the eyes and slow down macular degeneration, It is often used to reduce fevers, cramps and to calm the nerves.
Interesting fact: In Edgar Cayce’s readings he recommended saffron 250 times. Of these, 200 of them were recommended to be taken as a tea. (Click Here To Read)
A pinch of saffron threads
Put the saffron in a cup with a little warm water and leave for 10 minutes.
After the 10 minutes have passed strain the tea removing the saffron threads if you wish.
Pour boiling water over it and add a little honey to sweeten if desired.
Benefits of Saffron Tea
Saffron tea, an indigenous plant native to Asia and Europe, is harvested from its red stigmas. Cherished by ancient Greeks, Romans and Egyptians for use in the treatment of a wide range of diseases, as well as herbal and culinary delights. Recent clinical studies have shown its potential in the cure of many ailments. Continue reading
Less than 30 mins preparation time and serves 4 -6.
The spice, saffron, shows promise in preventing liver cancer in animal models. Rats treated with the chemical carcinogen, diethylnitrosamine (DEN) there was an inhibition of cell proliferation and stimulation of apoptosis, both of which are important cancer treatment mechanisms. Chronic infection with hepatitis B or C are major risk factors for primary hepatocellular carcinoma. DEN is an environmental carcinogen found in tobacco smoke, cosmetics, gasoline, and processed foods including milk and meat products.
Saffron has antioxidant, anticancer, and anti-inflammatory properties.
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Saffron is known to be the world’s most expensive spice. Throughout history, dishonest dealers would adulterate their saffron by adding similar materials for added weight or by dyeing the lower quality saffron strands red, which is the sign of good quality saffron.
Pure saffron contains only the stigma of the Crocus flower with nothing else added. Pure saffron strands composed of red and yellow portions of the stigma are less potent than the pure saffron composed entirely of the red portions of the stigma. Continue reading
Fresh saffron is not the same as fresh produce. Saffron threads are not sold right after being plucked from the flower. Saffron threads need to be properly dehydrated to avoid mold and to prolong its shelf life. Once the dehydration process is complete then the saffron is ready to be sold. The term “fresh saffron” refers to saffron that is less than one year old. Continue reading