Edible Flowers - "Marigold Twist"
Marigold flowers tend to float well in liquids, though how well can vary with the shape of each blossom.
Marigold flowers are made up of multiple layers of overlapping petals with the petals getting smaller and more condensed towards the flowers center, similiar to that of a carnation. The blooms may be single or double colored and can be varying hues of yellow, orange, red and maroon.
Picked only when you have ordered so they are the freshest possible.
Marigold flowers are available year-round with a peak season in the summer and autumn months.
RECIPES & TIPS
Marigolds can be used whole as a garnish.
They’re one of the more commonly used edible flower varieties in salads, but because their blossoms are a bit dense, the petals are often torn or cut off and then tossed in salads instead. Marigold petals can also be mixed or pureed with softened butter to make colorful marigold compound butters.
Some edible flowers may wilt or change color when exposed to vinegar, so if using a vinegar-based dressing on salads containing edible flowers, test it on a few blossoms ahead of time and/or add it at the last second.
Marigolds float well, so they can be used as a floating garnish for punch bowls, etc.
Store Marigold flowers sealed in your refrigerator. Shelf life approx. 4 days
A member of the genus Tagetes, Marigolds are an annual flower and member of the family Asteraceae. In addition to being a popular garden flower, today Marigolds are used as a food additive, acting as a natural food colorant and nutritional supplement
Marigold flowers are being studied for their potential benefits to eye health, in particular for their lutein content and its ability to help prevent age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Marigold flowers are also fed to chickens to increase the lutein content of eggs and as a way to naturally produce an egg with a rich yellow hued yolk.
The vivid orange color of Marigold flowers makes them ideal for use as décor on wedding cakes and other pastries prepared for celebratory occasions. Use as garnish when plating or on serving platters. Float atop a punch bowl of red or white sangria. Their appearance will complement spring, summer and early fall preparations best.
Marigolds have long had an important spiritual and religious significance for many different cultures. The Aztecs believed marigolds to have protective properties and could be of aid when foraging rivers or assist with healing after being struck by lightning. In India garlands made of Marigolds are used to honor gods in Hindu ceremonies. In Mexico Marigolds are steeped to make teas for rituals and for medicinal purposes, they are also used ornamentally on Dia de los Muertos to decorate alters created to honor past loved ones.
Marigold flowers are native to the Americas. The first record of them dates back to the Aztecs in 1552 as is documented in the De La Crus-Badiano Aztec Herbal. Spanish explorers introduced the flowers to Spain in the 1500’s and soon after they spread throughout Europe and Africa. Marigolds thrive in full sun and prefer well-drained soils.
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