Calendula – The Orange Yellow Marigold For Cooking

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Slightly sweet and slightly spicy, the orange and yellow petals are a nice addition to mint tea. Fresh flower petals can also be used to make tea.

Fresh petals can be added to salads or tossed with steamed vegetables and pasta for a splash of color. Calendula contains carotenoids, including beta-carotene, which gives it the bright orange color.

Calendula can be used to soothe irritated skin. Calendula creams and lotions are available at health food stores and herbal shops.

Marigolds need at least six hours of sun and preferably full sun in the garden. Fertilizing and ‘dead heading’, or picking off the flowers that are done blooming, will help the plant to continue producing more flowers.

Marigolds are considered an old-time garden favorite. Even though new hybrids in a wide range of colors and growing habits are available at garden centers every year, the original orange and yellow marigold will always find a place in many gardens. When the ground has warmed up in the spring, it can be started by seed during the cold months and transplanted outside.

Calendula is an annual flowering plant, Calendula officinalis, more commonly known as the pot marigold. In the warm regions of the Mediterranean it could be seen flowering on the first of most every month, or on the calends, so this plant came to be known as calendula.

Calendula contains carotenoids, including beta-carotene, which gives it the bright orange color. Calendula can be used to soothe irritated skin.

Calendula is an annual flowering plant, Calendula officinalis, more commonly known as the pot marigold. In the warm regions of the Mediterranean it could be seen flowering on the first of most every month, or on the calends, so this plant came to be known as calendula.