5 Things You Didn’t Know About Saffron


Masala Island Indian Restaurant on the Gold Coast use a wide range of authentic Indian spices when creating our beautiful traditional dishes. Saffron is one of those spices. We love using saffron not only for the vibrant colour and delicious taste, but also because of the rich history saffron has within Indian culture and Indian restaurants around the world. Saffron has been used for tens of thousands of years for many different purposes. Here are five things you didn’t know about saffron.

Saffron Was Used To Give Paint Colour

Saffron particles have been found in tribal paintings, dating back as far as 50,000 years ago. It seems the artists used saffron to give their paint it’s orange colour, the same way Masala Island Indian Restaurant uses it to give our curries colour.

Like Many Other Spices, Saffron Has Medicinal Properties

Like many other spices, it has been discovered that saffron has medicinal properties. It can help you with depression, indigestion, high blood pressure and menopause. It also boots immunity, is full of antioxidants and can also be used as an aphrodisiac.

Even Alexander The Great Used Saffron!

When Alexander the Great was exploring Asia, he was introduced to saffron. He learned about its medicinal benefits and started using it as part of his care routine for battle wounds.

 Saffron Comes From A Flower

Saffron comes from a beautiful purple flower. Masala Island Indian Restaurant recommends visiting a saffron farm if you ever get the chance. A crop full of beautiful saffron flowers is a site to behold.

The Colour Of Saffron Is Used On The Indian Flag

The colour of saffron is used on the top stripe of the Indian flag. It is said that this colour was chosen for the flag because it represents strength and courage.

Saffron brings beautiful elements and colour to the dishes we make at Masala Island Indian Restaurant. We love including spices in our mouth-watering dishes and in turn, show casing our rich history to our valued customers.

Dine in and see why our customers think we are the best Indian restaurant on the Gold Coast, or order online, or call us for tasty Indian take away.

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