Calendula is beautiful, so growing it just for that reason is great, but there are lots of cool health benefits from the plant to reap, too. I must be honest here and say I don't grow it to harvest it myself. I love the look so I let mine grow, then I support small herb companies by buying a container that's loaded with the petals!
Also known as pot marigold, calendula has been used for soups, fritters, teas and all kinds of culinary purposes, but it's also known for some medicinal properties. It's got vitamin C, vitamin A, manganese, potassium and iodine, so it's often used in beauty products for the skin, and it's antimicrobial, antifungal, and contains antioxidants. Its use ranges from cancer and infection prevention to healing muscle fatigue. It's a little bitter for me (especially since I usually brew it with some green tea, too) but you can always add anything you like to improve the taste.
What do you like to use calendula for? Do you grow a lot or buy it? Share your preferences and uses in the chat!