KAYKON Saffron Nutrional Facts
Saffron is one of the highly prized spices known since antiquity for its color, flavor and medicinal properties. It is the dried “stigma” or threads of the flower of the Crocus sativus plant. It is a bulbous perennial plant that belongs to the family of Iridaceae, in the genus, Crocus, and known botanically as Crocus sativus.
The Crocus sativus plant grows to about 15-20cm in height and bears lavender colored flowers during each season which lasts from October until November. Each flower features perianth consisting of a stalk, known as “style,” connecting to three “stigmas” or threads to the rest of the plant. These orange-yellow colored stigmas along with the “style” constitute “saffron” a prized condiment spice.
Good saffron crop production demands cold, dry climate with well-drained rich fertile soil and irrigation facilities or sufficient amount of rainfall. The flowers harvested during the early-morning hours and soon their stigma separated, allowed to dry, and packed for marketing.
Saffron has a distinct flavor that comes from chemical compounds in it such as picrocrocin, and safranal. It also contains a natural carotenoid chemical compound, crocin, which gives saffron its golden-yellow hue. These traits along with its medicinal properties make it a valuable ingredient in many cuisines worldwide.
Saffron (Crocus sativus), Nutritional value per 100 g.
|Total Fat||5.85 g|
|Dietary Fiber||3.9 g|
|Vitamin A||530 IU|
|Vitamin C||80.8 mg|
Health Benefits of Saffron
Kaykon is committed to provide quality fresh saffron which is available only on Flipkart. Our fresh spice feature bright crimson-red color, and when rubbed between fingers, release a very pleasant aroma and stain golden-yellow. Lengthy stamens, each measuring 2 to 4 cm in length. This spice has a unique, pungent bitter-honey taste with a pleasant aroma.
Store inside a closed box and keep it in cool dark place (preferably inside the refrigerator) away from the light since light rays oxidize the pigments in saffron and offset its flavor.
There are several methods to use it in the kitchen. the whole stigma can be added directly to the preparations, or often, the threads are ground to paste using traditional mortar and pestle and added to the recipes. In the third method, a pinch of saffron is added to a cup of hot water, steep; add this water to the ingredients.
Here are some serving tips:
High doses of saffron can act as a uterine stimulant and in severe cases can cause miscarriage. Therefore, pregnant women may be advised to avoid this spice in the diet.
|Dimensions||10 x 8 x 15 cm|