Safflower oil

Safflower (Carthamus tinctorius) is a highly branched, herbaceous, thistle-like annual plant. It is commercially cultivated for vegetable oil extracted from the seeds. Safflower seed oil is flavorless and colorless, and nutritionally similar to sunflower oil. In industrial applications it is used mainly in paints and resins.

Derived from: Safflower seed (Carthamus tinctorius)
Main growing areas: Mexico, USA, Argentina



Main applications:
Paints, resins


  • Crude safflower oil
  • Crude safflower oil – non break
  • Refined safflower oil

Technical specifications

There are two types of safflower that produce different kinds of oil: one high in monounsaturated fatty acid (oleic acid) and the other high in polyunsaturated fatty acid (linoleic acid). Currently the predominant edible oil market is for the former, which is lower in saturated fats than olive oil. The latter is used in painting in the place of linseed oil, particularly with white paints, as it does not have the yellow tint which linseed oil possesses.

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