Best Marigold

I live in Durban, where marigolds grow wild. Recently I’ve seen bunches of them for sale at Food Lovers Market. I assume they are for eating as they are sold with the vegetables not the flowers. What can I cook with them?

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5 Responses to Best Marigold

  1. Samantha van riet May 19, 2013 at 9:07 am #

    I haven’t heard of recipes for cooking marigolds. Have you seen Monsoon Wedding where the wedding planner eat marigolds all the time while hanging garlands? You plant the marigolds in between the vegetable. Apparently the strong smell drives the way the insects and so protects your harvest.

  2. Louise Rash Torr May 19, 2013 at 11:42 am #

    Use the fresh petals in salads. Marigolds are edible.

  3. Lorraine Solomon May 19, 2013 at 3:04 pm #

    Marigold petals are edible, some varieties having more flavour than others. An interesting article called ‘Marigold Uses in the Garden and on the Table’ is worth reading:
    Read more: http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/marigold-uses-zmaz83jazshe.aspx#ixzz2TimCyjzj

  4. Sanford W. Mann June 14, 2013 at 10:06 pm #

    You probably had the “nice” marigolds–deodorized hybrids. Next time try the stinky old-fashioned kind, they usually work better.

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