Storage Tips: First of all, wash the flowers with cold water to remove any excess dirt or pollen they may have. Afterwards, let the flower dry on a paper towel and then wrap the flowers in a moist paper towel, carefully so they are not crushed. Then place them in a plastic container and put them in the refrigerator.
Usage Ideas: .Marigolds can be used in many different ways. They can be used as other leaves in salads or cooked into baked goods like cakes or cookies. To prepare marigolds for cooking, pull the petals from the stem and cut off the bitter white part at the end of the petal. This will give your dish a nice orangey color and a peppery flavour.
Marigolds are wonderful in soups, cheese dips, cucumber carpaccio, and even deep fried. A more elaborate way to use them is to dry them and use them to make marigold tea.
Fun Facts: Marigolds are rich in vitamin C and antioxidants so they are great to cook with, but they also have other interesting uses. If soaked in hot water, they can be used as a natural dye, if dried they can be added to potpourri.
Hens also love eating marigolds. In some cultures, they gave the flowers to the hens to make their egg yolks brighter.