Most people run across daisies on lawns, where they're very abundant. On the plate, they make a lovely decoration, magically transforming any dull-looking dish into a summer wonder.
Where to Find It
Daisies thrive in moist, nutrient-rich soil. You can find them on roadsides and in ditches, on grasslands, lawns, in parks, and gardens. They can everything from scorching sun and light cloud cover.
Towns, roadsides, grasslands.
When to Find It
You can pick daisies from March until September.
Entire plant: March, April, May, June, July, August, September.
How to Spot It
Daisies are generally 10-15 cm tall and have characteristic white flowers with yellow disc florets in the center. The flowers grow on small stems that project up from small, teardrop-shaped leaves clustered near the ground.
How to Pick It
The entire plant is edible, but the flower heads are the most popular for cooking.
On the palate
Daisies taste mild and fresh, with a subtle metallic or mineral aftertaste. They have a bit of a bite and leave a clean dryness in the mouth.
Daisies have no particular scent.
Daisies should be used raw, as cooking will ruin them. They can be sprinkled on top of warm dishes, used to flavor schnapps, or soaked in pickle brine.
The taste of daisies is so slight that it’s nearly impossible to detect in cooking. The flowers will give a mild flavor to schnapps, sweet syrups, or pickles. But otherwise, they are mainly used as decoration. Atop salads or other dishes, daisies add visual appeal.
Cover the daisies with a moist cloth and store in a sealed bag or airtight container inside the crisper drawer of your refrigerator, where they will stay fresh for up to one week. If they close after being in the refrigerator, lay them in direct sunlight to open them back up.
Can be replaced with other edible flowers.
Risk of misidentifying the plant
There is no risk of mistaking the plant for another dangerous or undesirable plant.