Carthamus is extracted from the Carthamus tinctorius flower and contains flavorings, pigments and other ingredients from the plant.

Carthamus tinctorius, also called safflower, is an annual plant native to the Mediterranean countries and is cultivated in Europe and USA. Besides a subtle hay flavor, carthamus provides a greenish-yellow to yellow hue at pH values below 7 and an orange-red hue at pH 7–9.

Chr. Hansen offers carthamus both as a powder and a liquid. In its dry form it is used in blends for bakery products, confectionery and seasonings, whereas the liquid form can also be used in jams and desserts.

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