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The Saffron filaments, or threads, are actually the dried stigmas of the saffron flower, "Crocus Sativus Linneaus". Each flower contains only three stigmas. These threads must be picked from each flower by hand, and more than 75,000 of these flowers are needed to produce just one pound of Saffron filaments, making it the world's most precious spice. But, because of saffron's strong coloring power and intense flavor, it can be used sparingly.

Most precious and most expensive spice in the world : Saffron as a spice, it is used for colouring and flavour, while giving a distinct aroma and a beautiful golden colour. There is a great list of foods where saffron is added including cheese products such as cottage cheese, chicken and meat, various spirits and rice, commonly used in Indian Cuisine. Unlike other spices, a good pinch will suffice to add flavour and colour most dishes.

As a therapeutically plant, saffron it is considered an excellent stomach ailment and an antispasmodic, helps digestion and increases appetite. It is also relieves renal colic, reduces stomachaches and relieves tension.

During the last years it was used as a drug for flu-like infections, depression, hypatomegaly and as a sedative for its essential oils. It is also considered that in small quantities it regulates women's menstruation, and helps conception. It is a fact that even since antiquity, crocus was attributed to have aphrodisiac properties. Many writers along with greek mythology sources associate crocus with fertility. Crocus in general is an excellent stimulant.

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