Bachelor Buttons-Cornflower

Bachelor Button or Bachelor’s Button (Centauria cynaus) is an Edible Flower that is a colorful addition to any salad.  The beautiful flower is usually a bright blue-purple, but can also be found in white, red, & pink.  They are pretty to have in a garden, but they also have a peppery, clove-like flavor that works perfectly in fresh salads.  It can be sweet to spicy.

Bachelor Button is an elegant addition to any cold or hot soup. (Note: Remove pistils and stamens from flowers before eating. Eat only the petals.)It looks beautiful on salad and can even work in desserts.  It can be used as a garnish on any plate, and your guests will be surprised to learn it is completely edible and delicious.

Bachelor Button is native to Europe and was brought to the North America in the 1600s.  It is an easy flower to grow, as it can thrive in almost any living condition.  Soil quality is not an issue, and the flower does not need any specific light requirement (sun/part sun/shade).  They can grow up to three feet tall.

This annual is a favorite in traditional English gardens.  “Making a statement of availability, this long-lasting durable flower was at one time put in the lapels of single men and worn by single women, and most likely the reason for its name.”

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