Forage in the UK: March – November
Wild daisies are one of the many flowers that you can eat and use in cooking. They make a lovely addition to salads and smoothies and you can also make medicinal tea from them too.
It’s timeless and well-loved and daisy tea is a great thing to make with small children.
Though, I should add a bit of a disclaimer here too, whenever we’re picking herbs from the garden or plants from the wild, I’m cautious about explaining to my four year old that it’s important to check with a grown up first before you eat any of these wild herbs or flowers. But I think with the right guidance and supervision it’s a beneficial thing and their knowledge of the natural world will only grow.
I first discovered the power of daisies during a foraging course I took part in last year. If you’re interested in foraging for herbs, you can find more here in my post from last year. This post also takes you to a weblink to a different article I wrote for Female First.
Wild daisies are great for lingering coughs, liver, kidneys and inflammation. They are also known to be a blood purifier. Daisy will also strengthens appetite and metabolism.
Country folk are said to use it for various other things too including swollen feet, digestion, and externally for rashes and wounds.
How to Make Daisy Tea
To make daisy tea, the first step is to make sure you harvest daisies that haven’t been sprayed with any chemicals. If you know your garden is free from chemicals, that’s probably your best bet otherwise find a secluded spot in the countryside, away from arable fields.
To make a small teapot of daisy tea, simply take a small handful of daisies with fairly short stalks, and steep in boiling water and wait for around 5-10 minutes.
Or you can add a couple of small spoonful to a cup of boiling water instead.
You can drink up to three cups a day and as with any herbal remedies if you’re breast-feeding or pregnant it’s best to avoid them just in case, as there isn’t the research available.
I haven’t done a recipe post with a poetry pairing for some time now! I used to do this often when I started blogging. Whereby I would post a favourite recipe and instead of selecting a wine to pair with the meal I would offer a suggested poetry pairing, a poem you might like to read with your meal, something that matches the tone, texture and mood of the food. The below is perhaps a bit ‘on the nose’ but I trawled through quite a few and I kept coming back to this. It reminds me of innocence, and youth. Plus I could quite imagine Emily approving of daisy tea.
So here we go…
The Daisy Follows Soft The Sun
By Emily Dickinson
The daisy follows soft the sun,
And when his golden walk is done,
Sits shyly at his feet.
He, waking, finds the flower near.
“Wherefore, marauder, art thou here?”
“Because, sir, love is sweet!”