crocus sativus


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saffron

saffron

The most expensive spice in the world is the stigma (stem inside the flower). Each Crocus sativus plant has up to 4 flowers (usually purple), each containing 3 bright red stigmas. Flower petals are also edible. Used for antioxidant properties, anti-cancer, heart disease, cholesterol, soothing stomach and colon, eyes, depression.
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A randomized, double-blind, clinical trial comparing the efficacy and safety of Crocus sativus L.
Safranal, a Crocus sativus L constituent suppresses the growth of K-562 cells of chronic myelogenous leukemia.
Safranal, a constituent of Crocus sativus (saffron), attenuated cerebral ischemia induced oxidative damage in rat hippocampus.
Saffron, botanical name crocus sativus, is the most expensive spice in the world.
GROWTH: Philadelphus or mock orange may need pruning now EXPENSIVE LUXURY: Crocus sativus that yields saffron
Gardeners on either coast can relate to the authors whacking back wisteria, pruning the roots of a potted bay tree, delighting in the variety of winter-blooming camellias, and eschewing long vacations so as not to miss being there when the Crocus sativus bloom.
SAFFRON IS A SPICE and a perfume ingredient derived from the dried stigma of the flower of the saffron crocus, Crocus sativus.
TriNeuroPlex, derived from the Crocus sativus plant, has been shown to support a multitude of memory enhancing and mood altering benefits.
Saffron is taken from the stigmas of Crocus sativus (Iridaceae) and it is expensive for good reason, It can reputedly make erogenous zones even more sensitive.
This spice, highly valued since antiquity, consists of the stigmas of the flower of Crocus sativus, a small bulbous plant, 4-12 in (10-30 cm) tall, that belongs to the iris family.
Ancient people plucked the reddish stamens of Crocus sativus then dried it for natural cold remedies, to treat inflammation and menstrual issues.