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SAFFRON OF TALIOUINE
Saffron of Taliouine grows at 1500 meters of altitude in the high Atlas mountains, southern Morocco. The saffron is actually the top end of the pistil of Crocus Sativus, sterile plant that reproduces by division of bulbs.
The bulbs of the flowers are planted in September and come to bloom by the end of October when the harvesting begins and lasts about a month. The stigmas are carefully removed from the rest of the flower, dried in open air and can be kept for several months or even years, well away from direct light in order to preserve the quality and flavor. It takes 150 flowers to produce one gram of saffron.
With an annual production of more or less three tons, the saffron of Taliouine is some of the most fragrant saffron available. It is essential to the moroccan kitchen and also used in traditional medicine.
Taliouine festival of saffron is held annually in late october.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF SAFFRON
The Saffron has many therapeutic applications and used in traditional medicines as antiseptic, antidepressant, anti-oxidant, digestive and in detoxification of the body.
In Morocco, saffron is part of a remedy passed down from mother to daughter still used to relieve toothache when babies get their first teeth.