Islands West 125 gram shaker of Safflower, in contrast to Saffron, has an aroma that is very rich, but more suggestive of a sweet, chocolaty, tobacco. Another difference is that, unlike Saffron, the taste is much weaker than the smell and diminishes when cooked. Safflower is a popular replacement for saffron; in fact, it is sometimes referred to as the poor man’s saffron, or false saffron. Other names that you might hear used for it depend on where you are in the world; for example, you might hear safflower called Turkish saffron or Mexican saffron.



Spice Up Your Life Usage Tips:

  • Safflower spice is used to improve the color of broths, soups and stews, without being expected to contribute any flavor to your dish.
  • One of the easiest ways to enjoy safflower is to steep the petals in hot water to make a beverage. As an herbal tea, safflower has numerous health benefits including the ability to improve heart and bone health.
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