Crocus Sativus, commonly known as Saffron, is a perennial plant which grows up-to 20-30 cm. It bears a maximum of four flowers. Each of these blossoms are gifted with three detailed crimson stigmas, which form at the distal end of the carpel. The dried stigmas, along with styles and stalks, are immensely used as colouring and seasoning agents. Native to Greece and South West Asia, Saffron is mostly harvested in Greece and Iran. Most of the areas where saffron is cultivated are dry, with scanty rainfalls, thus requiring irrigation. But, nonetheless, Saffron plant survives any kind of extremity in climatic conditions.
Saffron gives way to a spicy oil, which has a woody, hay like composition. Being an antioxidant, the oil has immense value. Moreover, the extract is anti-carcinogenic, anti-mitagenic, and immunomodulating. All these qualities make saffron oil a highly valuable product.
Alcohol extraction, being a recently invented process, is used extensively to extract oil from Saffron. A solid content with higher solubility, and a greater level of the compounds we need can be extracted through the aforementioned process. This makes Alcohol extraction a much more viable method than conventional methods.
The composition of Saffron oil is as follows
Non-nitrogenous substances ( 40.0 units)
Polypeptides (11.0–13.0 units)
Carbohydrates (12.0–15.0 units)
Minerals (1.0–1.5 units)
Water (9.0–14.0 units)
Cellulose (4.0–7.0 units)
Lipids (3.0–8.0 units)
Minerals (1.0–1.5 units)
Household Uses: The aroma of saffron increases the value of any food that you cook. The flavour of any dish is heightened by the addition of a pinch of saffron extract. Saffron is a favourite for European traders, who had been ardent fans of the flavour of saffron from antiquity till date.
Medicinal Uses: Problems of the heart find cure in saffron extracts. Moreover, Saffron can also be used for curing acne, arthritis, asthma, sore throat, dyspepsia etc. If you are suffering from severe depression problems, saffron extract can act as a medicine in your benefit.
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