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vegetable garden to deter
cucumber beetles and
tomato worms, while also
attracting other insects that
eat and destroy garden
plants. Bees, butterflies,
and hummingbirds love to
visit zinnias in vegetable
gardens as they are drawn
to the vibrant colors, and
while there these beneficial
companions will consume
whiteflies that can damage
garden crops.
During the summer months,
gardening requires three key
qualities: heat tolerance, drought tolerance, and brilliant color, and Zinnias
perfectly assume this seasonal trifecta.
Recommended for beginning gardeners, this undemanding annual simply
needs full sun, warmth, and well-draining soil rich in organic matter. If soil
is poor, add a healthy dose of compost and Zinnias will grow quickly and
bloom heavily for the entire duration of summer and into the fall months.
Garden Tacos
Sprinkle zinnia petals along with your
choice of vegetables as toppings giving
the tacos a slight Hawaiian flair.
Zinnia Cheese Spread
Mix the zinnia petals with soft cheese,
add a little onion and crushed red
pepper flakes for a spread with plenty
of kick.
Zinnia Limeade
Mix water, lime zest, a splash of lime
juice, petals, and mint together for an
attractive, refreshing, and invigorating
summer-time thirst-quencher.
Culinary consumption
Not only are zinnias pleasing to the
eyes, they can be pleasing to the palate
as well, although eating zinnias may
be more about the fun than the flavor,
which is a tad bitter. They may not
add an abundance of flavor but do
offer something a little different and
unexpected. If you are seeking new
venues for culinary adventures, serve
one of these recipes at your next dinner
party for a touch of the unique and
unusual.
Before adding zinnias to a dish, rinse
them well and check for insects, then
pull the petals out and remove the seed
ends.
Zinnia Pancakes
This one is for the crafty chefs who
live for aesthetics. Using a favorite
pancake recipe, pour the batter onto
the griddle, make flower shapes with
the zinnia petals, and then add berries
or a banana slice for the center.
Garnish
The simplest way to incorporate zinnias
into your culinary repertoire is to use
them as a simple garnish on garden
or fruit salad. Whether or not they are
consumed, they will definitely make a
delightful statement.
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Medicine
Folklore
The Aztecs, as well as the Native
American tribes Navajo and Pueblo,
were known to value and use zinnias
in their daily routines and rituals,
considering them to be one of the
sacred Life Medicines and symbols
of wisdom. They would serve them
to their children with the hopes
that they would then mature to be
intelligent and well-spoken.
Medicinal use included utilizing
zinnias as an astringent and natural
healer as well as in the production of
perfumes, soaps, and shampoo.
A more practical use was employing
them in the making of dyes and paint
because of the varied and brilliant
hues of the blossoms.
Butterflies are drawn to zinnias
because of their vibrant colors
Zinnia tacos
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