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Saffron

Current Uses

Culinary, Spirits, Flavor Enhancer, Coloring, Medicinal

Taste

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Plant Parts Used

Used in Spirits

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Cultivation Regions

Origins

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Therapeutic Properties

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Precautions

Do not give to pregnant women. Can be a narcotic in large doses.

Ayurvedic Character

Cooling

Substitutions

Safflower, in normal dosages. Substitute marigold petals and ground turmeric for coloring.

History

Recognized as a therapeutic spice since ancient times. Highly regarded worldwide for its calming effects. Highly prized for women's health.

Footnotes

The Essential Saffron Companion by John Humphries, Grub Street Publishing, 1996
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