Saffron is commonly known as the world's most expensive spice. It isn't as widely known that saffron has health benefits. It has long been used as an appetite stimulant and improves digestion. It is thought to help prevent atherosclerosis as well as cancer. Saffron is thought to be beneficial in reducing depression as well. It is anti-inflammatory and helps arthritis and reduces the buildup of lactic acid after strenuous exercise.
Fortunately, a little goes a long way and a small jar will last a long time in a sealed glass jar kept in a cool, dry spot. I made this simple rice in a rice cooker, but you can do on the stovetop as well if you increase the liquid to 2 c. I served it with steamed broccoli and raw sunflower seeds.
In rice cooker place:
1 c. basmati rice
1 1/2 c. vegetable stock or broth
pinch of saffron, crumbled
pinch of turmeric
Cook according to your rice cooker's directions, or on stovetop about 20 min. till liquid is absorbed.