[Sca-cooks] Period Chicken Salad

Huette von Ahrens ahrenshav at yahoo.com
Tue Aug 15 02:35:41 PDT 2006

According to the Oxford Companion to Food, Safflower, Carthamus tinctorius, a plant of
West Asia, which is a member of the sunflower and thistle family, and resembles a thistle
with deep orange flowers.  These flowers yield orange and red dyes which were in use from
very early times (witness a mention in an Egyptian inscription of 3000 BC).

Even in early times safflower was also used in cookery as an adulterant of, or substitute
for, the much more expensive saffron; hence many common names such as 'bastard saffron'.


So, no, safflower isn't a new world plant.


--- Anne-Marie Rousseau <dailleurs at liripipe.com> wrote:

> Isn't safflower a new world plant, related to the sunflower?
> What an interesting dish though! The combo of chicken and cucumber isn't
> one I'd ever considered....
> --AM

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