Other names: safflower, false saffron, Mexican saffron,
Azafran, or safflower is the dried flower of the (Carthamus tinctorius). It is used in various recipes for it's color. It is not a true substitute for saffron as it has none of the same flavoring but it will impart a pleasing color. The safflower plant is best know for production of safflower oil. Azafran can be found in Mexican as well as other Hispanic grocery stores. The flowers are also used as a dye.