Adiveh Seasoning (Saffron)

Speaking of roses

I bet very few of you have even used dried flowers as a spice option in cooking. This looks more like potpourri than something to be sprinkled on food. It is almost too pretty to eat. Perfect for dressing up grains or a protein if you feel like have been eating the same things for weeks or miss a favorite ethnic restaurant. Think recipes for loafs, braises, pilafs, and stews.

Adiveh Seasoning

Break up and grind one cinnamon stick in a coffee/spice grinder into coarse pieces.

To a large cast iron pan add the cinnamon pieces plus 6 tablespoon of whole coriander seeds and 4 tablespoon of whole cumin seeds. Toast on medium heat until the seeds begin to pop. Remove from heat and set aside to cool for five minutes.

In a mortar and pestle coarsely grind all the spices together add in 1/2 cup of whole organic/food grade dried rose petals. Stir in about 30-40 strands of saffron. Crush lightly.

Store in a jar and use within 6 months.

Rose petals are thought to be anti-microbial, an organ tonic, cooling, calming, reduce inflammation and treat all kind of digestive issues.

Coriander seed may help to digest food. They might reduce bloating, gas, cramps, bad breath, constipation and poor assimilation.

Cumin seeds have been used to help with diarrhea, indigestion , nausea, and colic.

Cinnamon is thought to dry any cold or damp in the digestive system. It has been used to prevent food poisoning and infection from numerous bacteria. It may increases overall circulation to all the organs and tissues thereby improving function.

Saffron. Is the stigmas from the Crocus sativus plant. This plant is cultivated in many countries and can be easily grown in US gardens. In the early spring an onion like corm sends up several thin, long leaves from its base. The grey/green leaves have hairy edges. and are surrounded by a tubular sheath. In late summer each corm produces 3-4 funnel shaped lilac flowers. It has long red style, 3 yellow stamens and 3 yellow stigmas.

Saffron thought to be a nervous system tonic. While not common in the West it does show up in Ayurvedic medicine. It helps to calm and regulate many things in the body. Historically small doses have been used for cough, fever, asthma, shock, childhood illnesses, stomach cramps, depression, insomnia, to increase circulation and as a sedative. Externally it can be used to treat pain and bruises. Saffron is the worlds most expensive spice and a common yellow dye.

Flavor:bitter, sweet, pungent



Contraindications/Caution-can be poisonous and cause kidney damage. A powerful narcotic that can be lethal. Avoid all but the smallest doses. Do not use long term or during pregnancy. Use only under the supervision of an expert practitioner.

What experiments in the kitchen are you trying to deal with boredom, use ingredients, and dress up meals.

Published by blackbirdsbackyard

My backyard botanical pharmacy is located in Boulder Colorado. I began studying herbal medicinewhen I was 12 years old. In college I studied subjects like anthropology, microbiology, anatomy and physiology, After graduation I decided to go to midwifery school. I attended births and had a small practice until I retired early in order to be a mother full time. I have always had an herb garden, gathered plants and made my own healing formulas with plants. Over the last 30 years there have been many teachers and I have attended dozens of workshops. I am one of those people who is always reading, studying and learning. In 2019 I was called to practice as an herbalist professionally, using "plant spirit medicine" and bio-energetic ( 5 element)healing techniques. I feel that there is a big need in the community for my skills and talents. I hope to inspire others to start their own backyard pharmacies as a solution to species extinction and the healthcare crisis in America. Healing has also become a spiritual practice and way for me to feel balanced and connected with nature. I consult with clients in person, teach classes (adults and kids), give tours of my garden and offer apprenticeships. Health, joy, meaning, and support are everyone's birthright.

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