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July 21, 2019 - GreenMedInfo

The Love Affair Between Saffron and Humanity: As Ancient as Time Itself

The Love Affair Between Saffron and Humanity: As Ancient as Time Itself

An alluring clue to how ancient the love affair between our species and saffron goes is that the plant known in Latin as Crocos sativus cannot reproduce without human assistance.

Sterile, incapable of producing viable seeds, its bulb-like, starch-storing organ (clustered in what are known as corms), must be painstakingly dug up, broken into individual bulbs, and replanted by hand. There must be more to the human desire to produce and acquire saffron than its culinary role as a seasoning alone.

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