Safflower petals are derived from the carthamus tinctorius (safflower) plant. The first cultivation of safflower was in ancient Mesopotamia dating back to 2500 BC. Today, safflower is mostly cultivated in Asia.
Safflower is a great substitute for saffron, and gives food and beverages a similar flavor.
Safflower has a rich sweet aroma, coupled with a mild flavor, very similar to saffron.
Also known as: carthamus tinctorius - عصفر
Not to be confused with Saffron