Family: Daisy Family Habitat: Grassy meadows and lightly grazed fields, perimeter of woodland, perimeter of farms, wasteland, roadside banks. Season: Leaf - Spring and Autumn Flower - early Summer
Harvesting notes: Leaves are best harvested before flowering and have two seasons, spring and fall. Poor at reproducing vegetativly so take care we harvesting flowers as they need to go to seed to reproduce.
Culinary notes: The tiny soft leaves pack a bold flavor - slightly nutty while also containing some of the herby and fruity qualities of chamomile. Ox eye daisy is a welcome addition to any salad and can be used in place of parsley wherever it's called for. The flowers have a mild sweet herby flavor that pairs well with sweet or savory dishes. They can be picked apart (or left whole) and mixed into any cooked or raw dish or salad. They can be used to add depth to a stew, or marinated and served whole. The flowers are fantastic dipped and fired in a tempura batter or loving placed on top of a cake.