There are many theories about the original source of saffron, but actual evidence points to the Zagros Mountain area in the south-western part of Iran as the place where it was first cultivated. Kurkuma is an early Persian word found in the Zend texts.
Saffron has been used for many purposes throughout history. It’s said that originally it was used for colouring materials including clothing, until its benefit in food was discovered. Today, saffron is used to increase a sense of well-being and exhilaration. Research is even confirming its health benefits for skin ailments, depression and general health conditions.