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John Brownlee
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I received some free safflower seeds today, and am having a bit of trouble finding info on uses for it besides oil and dye. Also not a lot about germination and culture. Any good ideas, or should I just plant them, see what happens and enjoy the pretty flowers?
 
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Well, here in Ladakh the petals, dried, look enough like saffron that people use them instead of saffron in Buddhist ceremonies, because real saffron is so expensive. But I don't suppose that'll be one of your uses!

We had some once in a flower bed and they were fine as ornamentals, a little prickly and not very showy, but worth a try if you've got the seeds.
 
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Thank you for your help, do you know if it has any good culinary use? Is it a good substitute for saffron?
 
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No, I don't think safflower petals are used in cooking like saffron, sorry. They just kind of look like saffron threads, that's all.
 
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