Crocus sativus / Saffron crocus

Crocus sativus (L.), Iridaceae

Active substance extract
CAS number 84604-17-1
Plant part bulbs
China list yes
Conditions fresh
Country of origin the Netherlands



Crocus sativus, Saffron crocus, is a flowering plant belonging to the iris family, Iridaceae. Renowned for its vibrant purple flowers, it is particularly valued for the spice known as saffron. This species is globally recognized for its culinary, medicinal, and cosmetic applications.

  1. Saffron Production:
    • Filaments and Stigmas: The primary allure of Crocus sativus lies in its crimson-colored filaments and stigmas, which are harvested and dried to produce saffron. These threads are known for their distinct flavor, aroma, and vibrant color, making saffron one of the most expensive spices globally.
  2. Nutraceuticals:
    • Antioxidant Properties: Saffron contains compounds with antioxidant properties, including crocin and crocetin. These antioxidants have health benefits and are utilized in the formulation of nutraceuticals.
    • Mood and Cognitive Function: Some studies suggest that saffron may have positive effects on mood and cognitive function. It is being investigated for its role in supporting emotional well-being.
  3. Skin Care Products:
    • Antimicrobial Properties: Saffron has demonstrated antimicrobial properties, making it a valuable ingredient in skincare products. It is included for its ability to address certain skin concerns and promote overall skin health.
    • Anti-Inflammatory Effects: Compounds in saffron, such as crocetin, have anti-inflammatory effects. This makes saffron a candidate for skincare formulations targeting inflammation-related skin issues.
  4. Culinary and Medicinal Uses:
    • Culinary Delicacy: Saffron is widely used in culinary applications, adding both color and flavor to various dishes, particularly in Middle Eastern, Indian, and Mediterranean cuisines.
    • Traditional Medicine: In traditional medicine, saffron has been used for various purposes, including an anti-depressant, anti-inflammatory, and digestive aid.



  • fresh bulbs

We can also provide samples of the product throughout the season.
Additionally, we have our own laboratory where we can assist in facilitating research your R&D from plants to targeted suspects through literature investigation, plant species selection, extraction, fractionation, and/ or purification processes. Employing fraction-guided bio-assays and advanced analytical techniques (NMR, GC-MS, LC-MS ao), we verify the presence and assess the bioactivity of these compounds. We can use our own plant extract library which is made from commercially grown plants in The Netherlands.
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Active substance


CAS number


Plant part

bulbs, flowers

China list


Country of origin

the Netherlands


cosmetics, food ingredients