Have you noticed how well dandelions thrive?
While getting this garden and my yard ready, I had to deal with many dandelions. It seemed such hard work to dig them up for nothing but the compost. Dandelions are good for us! So instead of seeing dandelions as a problem, I decided to put them to good use for the first time. Yes, I have used the leaves in salads or steamed them, like my father would for us when we had nothing else to eat.
I remember enjoying dandelion coffee but had never made it from the root and had no idea what to do with the flowers even though I knew they are edible.
I picked the dandelion flowers to make dandelion syrup and dandelion pancakes. I cut off the roots from the main plant to make dandelion coffee. It was a busy weekend filled with dandelions. There were not enough in my own yard, so I had to go to my neighbor’s yard to pick their abundant crop (after asking, of course).
The good news is that we can dig up as many dandelions as we want. The habitat is safe because many more will grow. I will continue picking and digging them every year with the pleasure of harvesting nourishing, free food.
(Watch for my next post, Dandelion Celebration. I have been experimenting and creating some very tasty recipes that I will share next week.)
Tasty Recipes with Home Grown or Wild Food
Carrots with Orange: Easy to grow lots of carrots; I ate the ones I grew right up until January.
Simple Garlic Zucchini: Quick easy recipe and tasty if you like garlic too.
Apple – Raspberry Jam: This jam was developed from picking apples at a neighbors and then combining them with my picked raspberries.
Power Spinach Salad: With all that spinach I had to get creative.
Braised Kale: A fast side dish.
How To Freeze Your Own Berries: This how I freeze all the berries I pick in my garden and in the wild.