The Legend of Saffron:
Jamshid, the legendary mythologicalIranian king of theKianiandynasty, discovered saffron and its medicinal uses and effects and introduced it to Iranians.
This flower was later on offered to the gods a as a sign of gratitude for prosperity and good health, and was also used to dye one’s lovers' and women's costly garments with.
The Wide - Spread Scent throughout the Silk Road:
Historical documents show that Iranians discovered the pharmaceutical effects of saffron in 10 B.C and used it as a medical herb to cure various diseases.
Historians know the Khorasanand Esfahan provinces as the origin of saffron in Iran and say that Iranian saffron was considered as a precious gift to the kings of other countries thanks to its unique flavor, color and scent. Therefore,Iranian saffron 's reputation and its scent was wide-spread in Asia , and the Mediterranean area becoming one of the most precious commercial goods throughout the silk road, only second to silk, and was therefore called the ‘Red Persian Gold’.
The Alchemy of Nature:
Picking and processing more than 75,000 saffron flowers, will allow for only about 500 grams of ready-to use saffron to be gathered. This crop which is known as the most luxurious and expensive spice in the world, has a pleasant taste and scent along with medical and strengthening effects. Saffron was used to treat more than 90 diseases in traditional practice of medicine. Its numerous benefits persuaded many pharmaceutical laboratories in the world to use its essence in order to make new drugs as substitutes for chemical drugs and colors.