Spices, saffron

Fun Facts

  1. In ancient India, robes were traditionally dyed a golden color from the crocin chemical dye that is found in saffron.
  2. In fact, after Buddha had died, the Buddhist priests made thisCleopatra, the queen of Egypt golden saffron color their official color of their robes.
  3. The crocin dye found in Crocus sativus has been used in several cultures to dye royal garments.
  4. Saffron used to be used by Greek courtesans (prostitutes for the royals and wealthy men) as a perfume on behalf of its pleasant aroma.
  5. Cleopatra used to use saffron as a type of cosmetic. (Another type of organism that can be used for cosmetic purposes is the Medicinal Leech.)
  6. In the Middle Ages, one could be sentenced to the punishment of being buried alive if they tried to alter saffron by adding in other substances. This would make the saffron not pure, but unknown to others, mixed with other materials to increase the quantity and weight of the substance. Therefore the seller would illegally make more money off of the saffron.
  7. Romans used to take baths infused with saffron.
  8. In order to cure hang-overs, Romans would sleep with expensive pillows that were stuffed with saffron.

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