The ray florets have been used in lettuce salads and other foods to add colour and flavour. The dried flower petals, ground to a powder, may be used in poultry feed to ensure a good colouration of egg yolks and broiler skin, especially in the absence of well-pigmented yellow maize in the feed. This is still a use today, but now usually in the form of an extract which may have advantages of lower transport and storage cost, better stability and better utilisation. It is also used to enhance colouring in crustaceans, such as the Pacific white shrimp (Litopenaeus vannamei).
The oil of the flower may be added to perfumes to infuse an apple scent into them. Today, T. erecta is grown to extract lutein, a common yellow/orange food colour (E161b). The essential oil of the flower contains antioxidants.
Since prehispanic times, this plant has been used for medicinal purposes. The Cherokee used it as a skin wash and for yellow dye. This marigold may help protect certain crop plants from nematode pests when planted in fields. It is most effective against the nematode species Pratylenchus penetrans.
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What cheerful flowers these are! Brighten any garden and good to know they have edible florets...ReplyDelete
...pretty to look at, but I'm not fond of their smell.ReplyDelete
A delightful happy colour - I'm with the others on the smell, but I didn't realise just how many uses this little plant provided. Cheers Nick :D)ReplyDelete
You're giving me a great idea about yellow dye! Have heard that gardeners plant them in between others, to protect them from bugs.ReplyDelete
I love this colorful and fresh flowers!
Have a nice weekend,
So pleased I am joining you today. My husband used to plant french marigolds under the tomatoes to keep bugs away.ReplyDelete
I am not a friend of this flower, but you reconcile me with your photo. It is wonderfully photographed!
Love this flower, and its incredibly distinctive aroma. They need heat to grow well, however, and Seattle is a challenging garden environment for them.ReplyDelete
I love this color.
Have a nice weekend,
Heisann.... just beautiful... happy weekend ;:OD)ReplyDelete
Brilliant, vibrant colours.ReplyDelete
beautiful MARIGOLD-чорнобривці-is a favorite flower of ukrainian peopleReplyDelete
Fabulous blast of colour - thank you Nick!ReplyDelete
Have a great week,
How fascinating! The county I live in has a huge poultry industry, so I'm curious if they've used marigold powder.ReplyDelete