This flower belongs to the calendula family. It looks like a daisy but bigger. With colours like pink, purple, garnet and white.
This edible flower doesn’t give a really strong smell or flavour to your dishes so it’s easy to use in the stoves. In Innoflower we recommend it’s petals to make a more visual composition in your recipes. Other ways of surprising with this flower is adding it to dishes with very light colour.
The osteospermum been of the same family has the Calendula, it shares its same medical properties like calming effect and soothing burns.
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The Osteospermum flower (Dimorphotheca ecklonis) is related to the genus Chrysanthemoides. Osteospermum flowers look similar to daisies or marigolds, in fact this flower is known as the African daisy. Perhaps this is why it resists high temperatures so much. It is a perennial plant that can reach 1 meter in height.
This edible flower can be purple, white, yellow, mauve, pink …
In the kitchen, is commonly used the whole flower and the petals. Generally to add colour to the dishes and turn a recipe into something more attractive for the diner.
Whenever they ask us how to use this flower in the kitchen, we recommend adding its petals in a salad or in the garnish of a meat. They also look great in a puree or cream. But as we always say in Innoflower, the way to use flowers has no trick, just depends in the imagination of the cook.
Being a flower that shares family with the calendula, they also have in common some of their medicinal properties. It is a great ally for small wounds and minor burns used in the form of compresses or semi-solid preparations (creams or ointments). It has soothing effects on the skin. And like the calendula, it is considered one of the oldest natural fungicides, so it can be used to treat fungi.
From Innoflower we encourage you to take a look in our blog, where you will not only find articles about the world of edible flowers, but you will also find simple recepies that you can make at home and surprise your guests.
Cooking with flowers is simple and fun. Dare to “flower-up” your recipes!