Gardenia is a plant of the Rubiaceae family native to China. Gardenia fruits and other parts of the plant have been a part of the folklore of East Asian cultures for centuries. The flowers are often used as ornamental plants and for decorative purposes. They have also varied uses in the market due to their intense perfume.
The pulp of the gardenia fruit contains three major groups of water soluble pigments: crocins, iridoids and flavonoids and in the color industry they are used to impart yellow and blue shades. Gardenia pigments are used and approved as an edible food colorant in several countries in East Asia. FMC gardenia colors has great light and thermal stability at all pH range.