Foraging for Daisies

(Bellis perennis)

Can you really eat daisies? Yes, you can!

Can you eat daisies

Daisies are easy to find growing in any grassy area throughout spring, summer and autumn. Often thought of as a weed, daisy have been used for centuries as a food and medicinal herb.

The roots, leaves and flowers of the daisy plant are all edible.

Health benefits of Daisies

Daisies can be used as a food and as a medicine. It was once prized as a herb to help heal wounds, and it is related to plants such as Arnica and Calendula. A tincture or ointment made from daisies has anti-inflammatory effects, and as daisy infusions can be used to treat colds, coughs and rhinitis.

Daisies are a good source of vitamin A and potassium, and the leaves of the daisy plant are rich in vitamin C.

Daisies are a good plant to pick if you are feeling the effects of ailments from colds and flu, to rheumatism and muscle soreness. Add flowers and leaves of the daisy plant to any dish for a health boost.

What do Daisies look like?

Daisies are a plant that most people will know. The flower has long, white petals and a yellow centre, and it grows on a single stem.

The leaves of the daisy plant form a rosette from the base, and develop small hairs as they grow.

Eating Daisies

Daisy flowers have a mild, lemony flavour and can be added to many dishes, such as soups and salads, and they make an attractive garnish. The leaves have a slightly bitter taste.

A healthy ‘daisy tea’ can be made by steeping two teaspoons of dried or fresh flowers in hot water. Leave it to brew for ten minutes and then strain. Do not consume more than three cups per day.

Considerations when eating Daisies

Everything in moderation is key when it comes to eating wild plants. Some people are allergic to certain plant species.

Daisies have some powerful medicinal attributes, so moderation is advised. Avoid eating daisy plants if pregnant or breast feeding.

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2 thoughts on “Foraging for Daisies

    1. hi Jenny, the daisies mentioned in this article are common wild daisies, Bellis perennis. Cultivated daisies such as Pyrethrum are now classed as Chrysanthemum or Tanacetum. They are grown as ornamentals and are not safe to eat. They do, however, have low toxicity and can be used on the skin in small amounts (less than 2 grams). But, with anything toxic, even mildly, I would not recommend use topically and especially not orally. Hope that helps and thanks for your query.

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