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How do you like to use calendula? I am using the flowers in a salad but was curious about what others like to do. Cheers!

I got a small quantity from the farmers' market. I know you can dry them, but wonder what else people (gardeners?) have tried?

asked by Nomnomnom almost 2 years ago

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Valhalla
added almost 2 years ago

If you are interested in making beauty products with it, it is great for the skin. You could infuse in oil and mix with beeswax to make a salve.

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Nomnomnom
added almost 2 years ago

That does sound nice. I'd be curious to know proportions, in order to get the most herbal benefit :)

Smaug
added almost 2 years ago

I've seen dried calendula petals sold as "Mexican Saffron"- at least I'mpretty sure they were calendula- some sort of marigold, at any rate.

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Nomnomnom
added almost 2 years ago

Very interesting! That gives me ideas. Thanks Smaug! P.s. That's a great handle.

Maedl
Maedl

Margie is a trusted home cook immersed in German foodways.

added almost 2 years ago

Calendula is used in Georgian recipes--but whether you have the same species as the Georgian recipes use would be hard to say. At any rate, calendula is used for a yellow dye--think Easter eggs--and has a lot of medicinal uses.

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Nomnomnom
added almost 2 years ago

Thanks Maedl; natural dye is another great idea!