Bulk Safflower Powder

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Safflower Powder

1/4 Pound:  $19.71 Pound:  $43.79 buy now  

Safflower, also called Chimichanga, Beni, Sallflower and Carthamine, is a member of the sunflower family primarily grown for its seed.

The plant is also used to flavor soft drinks, most notably the orange soda marketed as Sunkist.

Safflower is the source of a natural dye dubbed CI Natural Red 26, although the colors olive, mustard, khaki, yellow and even purple and bright red with an alkaline mordant. The term “red tape” that means delay due to bureaucratic rules and procedures, comes from the fact that safflower dye was once used to produce a red binding once commonly used to seal important documents.

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information at a glance

approximate cups to one pound21
active compoundsLinoleic acid, stearic acid, coumarins, polysaccharides.
plant part usedflower

buying & keeping

general guidelines and tips

storage tipsStore in an airtight container in a cool, dark place.
appearance & aromaReddish-orange powder with a mild scent reminiscent of sweet tobacco.


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cosmeticApply to minor skin irritations as a paste. May also be infused in oil or alcohol for topical use.
culinaryUse as a natural flavoring and coloring agent. The powder may also be encapsulated as a dietary supplement.
industrialSafflower is used in the pharmaceutical industry to produce cardiovascular medications. It is also used as a colorant for foods and beverages.

flavor profile


Has a mild and pleasant taste, but lacks the honey-like undertones of saffron.

formulas & recipes


what else you should know


Safflower is a hardy, thistle-like annual plant in the daisy family that is believed to have been domesticated in the Fertile Crescent region of the Middle East more than 4,000 years ago. Tourists visiting the reason sometimes mistake the prepared herb for saffron, earning the nicknames false saffron and bastard saffron.

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