A Daisy in a Jelly Jar

‘Always have something beautiful in sight, even if it’s just a daisy in a jelly glass.’     Jackson Brown Jr.

Have you ever made a daisy chain, or picked off the petals one by one with a hopeful ‘he loves me he loves me not?’  Sometimes dismissed as a common, even boring flower, I love this quote that reminds us that they are really quite special.

“It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike; it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never gotten tired of making them”  G. K. Chesterton

In South Africa they are a winter flower, but some of mine are still happily blooming in the shade of the coral tree and we are at the end of October. Although they are perennials, I find the heat kills them off during summer but, happily, they self-seed and pop up again in autumn.

I don’t use it medicinally – only because it is under a tree and not in the herb garden and I forget!  However, it can be used as a blood purifier, for arthritis, liver and kidney disorders and other inflammatory ailments.  It has a reputation for being especially useful for delicate and listless children and, as there are no know cautions for this herb, it would be ideal for a tisane to drink throughout the day.

I do use it in the kitchen because there are very few flowers around in winter and I spend more time eating than taking medicine!  Add to salads, float in soups and it is surprisingly delicious in a tomato sandwich.  Leave the black pepper out or you will mask the flavour.

This year I made Daisy Tabbouleh which is a real splash of sunshine on a cold day.  I love to make a meal with a salad, soup, and a slice of bread.  This tabbouleh was served with Egyptian Red Lentil Soup and naan bread (not really authentic, but it is what I had)

Have a look here if you don’t know how to make a daisy chain

https://www.delameredairy.co.uk/living/make-your-own-daisy-chain/

Daisy  – Bellis perennis

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