A dandelion seed head gets ready to pop. Perhaps one of the most misunderstood and maligned plants here in Canada because they grow in people’s lawns (say it ain’t so), dandelions have been used worldwide throughout history as a valuable food and herb.

Here’s what Wikipedia says: “The flower petals, along with other ingredients, usually including citrus, are used to make dandelion wine. The ground, roasted roots can be used as a caffeine-free dandelion coffee.  Dandelion was also traditionally used to make the traditional British soft drink dandelion and burdock, and is one of the ingredients of root beer. Also, dandelions were once delicacies eaten by the Victorian gentry, mostly in salads and sandwiches. Dandelion leaves contain abundant vitamins and minerals, especially vitamins A, C and K, and are good sources of calcium, potassium, iron and manganese.”

We should be cultivating these little gems!

© Sheila Creighton 2014

20 thoughts on “Dandy

  1. You’re right, Sheila! I have made dandelion wine, roasted the roots in my oven then ground them and added them into my coffee. An Italian friend told me her old herbalist grandmother made everyone in the family eat dandelion greens as a spring “physic”….apparently that really cleans the plumbing!

  2. Lawns are an attempt to impose the human will on Nature, and I side with Nature every time. I’ve no idea what we have growing in our (rough!) lawns but I welcome each and every one of those beings! And maybe they’re not growing there but, rather, living there – I like to think that. And I like your picture too. Adrian

  3. I love dandelions. Don’t understand why many don’t like them. Love those yellow dots. 🙂 I can’t help blowing in the screen right now.
    Me ** lips puckered and blowing **

  4. Dandelion and burdock is one of my all time favourites, that and cream soda.
    I’m not a big fan of fizz so I open a big bottle and let it go flat and since nobody else likes it flat, it’s all mine. 🙂

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