In our home, rice was revered as the most holy of foods.
According to my grandfather Payo, they are birthed in water, as the embryo of cosmic life.
The backbone of every culture since the beginning of time, grains interweave humankind together as a species. Each type of grain serves a specific purpose. The American maize allowed the indigenous people to keep the soil and water alive through reverence and sowing of the land; the hard, beady millet enabled the desert nomads in Africa to fortify themselves; golden wheat provided the strength and fat to the European farmers to sow virgin lands and leave a legacy of green fields; the tiny, translucent grain of quinoa gave the Incas strength to scale the mountains and keep warm as they labored.
In all cultures through out all time and from my travels around the world, I have witnessed the human dignity maintained through the grain.
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Scents, Flavors & Wellness Benefits
The extraordinary, almost unearthly beauty of the Kashmir valley with its towering willows and orchards of almonds and apricots - crowning all this are the jagged snow-peaks of the great Himalaya.
It is here, I procure our Kashmir Saffron from small groups of villagers, who nurture the worlds most expensive spice in the cool, misty valleys.
The scent of saffron is unmistakable rich, floral, musky and honeyed. The taste is delicate yet penetrating, warm, earthy, bitter and lingering. The aromatic properties vary slightly depending on the place of origin.
In some cultures, women use saffron for menstrual cramps or PMS, while men use it to prevent early orgasm. A cup of saffron herbal tea mixture containing saffron, anise, caraway, cardamom, chamomile, fennel, and licorice may reduce asthma symptoms in people with allergic asthma.