Posts Tagged "calendula"


Posted on Dec 7, 2012 in Plant This | Comments Off on Calendula

Calendula, also called pot marigold, grows easily from seed. It’s even easier to pick up a pack of them at the garden center. They are also very cold-tolerant:  they’ll bloom all winter in our mild climate. Colors range from yellow to pink to dark orange.  There’s even a variety called ‘Citrus Cocktail.’  The flavor, by the way, is slightly peppery, which won’t work in every drink. This is not the kind of flower you want to float in a drink—it’s too hefty for that.  The individual petals make a nice enough garnish, but a drink with a handful of petals floating in it starts...

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Drink Your Flowers

Posted on Aug 15, 2012 in Botany, Featured, Recipes | 3 comments

Not every flower belongs in a cocktail glass. But these do.  They’re easy to grow and totally worthwhile. Check it out: Borage. People say that borage leaves taste like cucumber, but if that’s the flavor you’re after, why not just eat a cucumber? Use the leaves if you want—some people pick small, young leaves for salads or cook them with other greens—but it’s the flowers I’m interested in.  The dazzling bright blue color isn’t found in many flowers, particularly edibles, and the fact that they hold their color when frozen means that you can do a very elegant little ice...

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