How many of you have EVER seen these? I thought so…….yes, this was a first for me too! 
Safflowers. At Whole Foods. 
So adorable. Love the colors. And they went on…and on….and on…and on. What more could you ask for?

For the detail oriented out there, read on for a “definition” from Wikipedia: 

Traditionally, the crop was grown for its seeds, and used for colouring and flavouring foods, in medicines, and making red (carthamin) and yellow dyes, especially before cheaper aniline dyes became available.[2] For the last fifty years or so, the plant has been cultivated mainly for the vegetable oil extracted from its seeds. In April 2007 it was reported thatgenetically modified safflower has been bred to create insulin.[3]

Safflower is one of humanity’s oldest crops. Chemical analysis of ancient Egyptian textiles dated to the Twelfth dynasty identified dyes made from safflower, and garlands made from safflowers were found in the tomb of the pharaoh Tutankhamun.[2] 

Who knew?



  1. Whole Foods is responsible for many beautiful flowers gracing my kitchen… and many times, they are very unusual… reminds me of my "onion flowers" post a couple days ago! Thank Goodness for Whole Foods!
    Beautiful and charming!

  2. Elizabeth says:

    If I'm not mistaken the veg. oil from these flowers has been/is being studied as a source of renewable energy for cars etc….and they are good looking too– double goodness!

  3. The flowers look like pom-poms – cute! And safflower oil is a healthy oil, right up there with olive oil.

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