Calendula, or pot marigold, is a herb that bears bright yellow or orange flowers. The calendula is a nice decorative plant, but can also be used for culinary and medicinal purposes.
The plant originates from an area extending from the eastern Mediterranean to Iran, but also thrives well in a somewhat cooler and temperate climate.
The flower petals with their slightly aromatic bitterness are used in fish and meat soups, rice dishes and salads. They are also used to add colour to cheese and butter. Already during the Middle Ages, the entire flower was used to garnish dishes.
The flower petals have a sharp, spicy taste.