What is Saffron – Kashmiri Kesar ?
Saffron is a plant. The dried stigmas are used to make saffron spice. It has a pleasantly bitter flavor and 80,000 saffron blossoms are gathered to produce a single pound of saffron spice. Saffron is largely cultivated and harvested by hand. Due to the amount of labor involved in harvesting, which makes it the most expensive spices in the world. The stigmas are also used to make medicine.
Saffron is used for asthma, cough, whooping cough and to loosen phlegm. It is also used for sleep problems (insomnia), cancer, “hardening of the arteries” (atherosclerosis), intestinal gas (flatulence), depression, Alzheimer’s disease, fright, shock, spitting up blood (hemoptysis), pain, heartburn, and dry skin.
Women use saffron for menstrual cramps and premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Men use it to prevent early orgasm (premature ejaculation) and infertility.
Saffron is also used for to increase interest in sex (as an aphrodisiac) and to induce sweating.
Some people apply saffron directly to the scalp for baldness (alopecia).
In foods, saffron is used as a spice, yellow food coloring, and as a flavoring agent.
In manufacturing, saffron extracts are used as a fragrance in perfumes and as a dye for cloth.