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Crocin is a chemical compound that produces a type of natural pigment. It is found in the flowers of crocus and gardenia plants. It has a deep red colour. Crocin is what is mainly responsible for the colour of saffron. It is also called saffronin or polychroite.[1]

Crocin was used as a dye for textiles. Because it is unstable it is no longer used for that purpose..[2]

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  1. Richard Owusu-Apenten (2004). Introduction to Food Chemistry. CRC Press. p. 154. ISBN 9780849317248.
  2. Bulletin of Pharmacy, Volume 14 (Detroit: William M. Warren Medical publishing, 1900), p. 115