Native to South West Asia, Western Europe, Macronesia, and the Mediterranean, Calendula is an alluring and bright flower with captivating features. Historically it is known as the “poor man’s saffron” and has been used as a dye to enhance color in food and drinks. Calendula was used by Romans and Greeks in religious and spiritual ceremonies, while Catholics gave a name to it that reminds them of the Virgin Mary “Mary's Golden” most similar to the common name of marigold.
Taste: Distinct, sharp, saffron-like
Pairings: Rose, mimosa, lemon balm, lavender, lemon verbena.