La Vida Locavore:: Botany for Foodies: The Sunflower Family

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In today’s post, we’ll cover the Sunflower family, Asteraceae. It was formerly known as Compositae, for reasons that will soon make sense to you. It’s also sometimes called the Aster Family or the Daisy Family.

 

In today’s post, we’ll cover the Sunflower family, Asteraceae. It was formerly known as Compositae, for reasons that will soon make sense to you. It’s also sometimes called the Aster Family or the Daisy Family.

Asteraceae is a HUGE family (one of the largest), and food crops within it include not just sunflowers but safflower, lettuce, artichokes, cardoons, and Jerusalem artichokes. You’ll also find important herbs and companion plants like calendula, dandelion, yarrow, chamomile, marigold, echinacea, tarragon, wormwood, milk thistle, and mugwort in this family. And many popular cut flowers are in this family too. So join me below the fold to learn more”

VanessaVaile‘s insight:

Another item for our Virtual #SunflowerFestival. You can tell from the tiitle, "Botany for Foodies" and its appearanceon on La Vida Locavore that this one is food related too. FYI cardoons (thistles) are also associated with Agreda in Soria.

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