Pretty on the plate, this salad of delicate greens contains bright, juicy, tart sorrel; crisp radish; and delicate bachelor’s buttons. Despite the blue, pink, and purple hues of bachelor’s buttons, also known as cornflowers, their flavor is fresh and green. The dressing comes together with Bachelor’s Button Vinegar made in advance by infusing the flower heads into apple cider vinegar for a bright, subtly sweet flavor. If you can’t find bachelor’s buttons, you can use nasturtium or violas.
While many take cornflower or bachelor’s button tea to treat all sorts of ailments, from fever and constipation to chest congestion and menstrual disorders, there isn’t enough scientific evidence to say whether these are effective. What we do know is that their intense blue colour is due to a pigment called protocyanin that may help reduce inflammation in the body, which in turn has powerful effects on health.