‘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
Daisy – Bellis perennis