Tag Archives: Herb Society

October Herb of the Month, Safflower

Safflower, Carthamus tinctorius Did You Know? • Safflower produces a thistle-like flower ranging in color from yellow to dark red. • It is one of the oldest cultivated plants, originally grown to use the flowers as coloring agents for food, cosmetics, and textiles. • Safflower garlands were found in Tutankhamun’s tomb (around 1323 BCE). • The pigment from the flower

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September Herb of the Month; Annatto

Annatto, Bixa Orellana • An orange-red dye or colorant, flavoring for food and healing agent derived from the seeds of the achiote tree, an evergreen native to tropic and subtropic zones of the Americas • Spiny red fruits contain the seeds and the reddish pericarp that surround the seed contains the annatto or color • Foods colored with the annatto

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