D is for Dandelion #AtoZChallenge
On April 4, 2015 | 22 Comments | Uncategorized |

The A to Z Blogging Challenge continues! If you’re visiting here from your blog, just know I will be over to yours as soon as I can. I’m having so much fun enjoying what others are writing! It’s been a pleasure so far.

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Henry and I cutting up dandelion roots for ice cream.

Henry and I cutting up dandelion roots for ice cream.

I’ve always had a soft spot for the underdog. Sometimes I was one myself. I wasn’t one of the cool kids in school, and often I hung out with people at the bottom of our little social hierarchy. That’s where I discovered that some of the uncoolest people are the nicest.

I’ve always loved dandelions. Did you ever blow on that puffball of seeds when you were little? It was so much fun, until you got into trouble for spreading this invasive weed around the yard.

A lot of money goes into dandelion eradication, usually with powerful chemicals. God forbid we not have a pristine lawn.

After I got hooked on gardening, I started learning more about herbs, about growing them and turning them into food or medicine. That’s when I learned that herbalists are besotted with dandelions.

Say what?

Have fruit trees? Grow dandelions underneath! They fix nitrogen in the soil.

Have fruit trees? Grow dandelions underneath! They fix nitrogen in the soil.

Turns out dandelion greens, especially in the springtime when they are young and new, are powerful detoxifiers. For more information on the many medicinal uses, click here. The roots can be dried and made into a tea or used as a flavoring for ice cream! The flowers? Fry ’em up or use them to make cookies. And, of course, there is dandelion wine.

Old habits die hard, and sometimes I still dig up some of them…but more and more, I’m learning to leave them alone. They’re the uncool kid that’s really worth getting to know.

Maybe fried dandelion flowers aren't the most healthy way to eat them, but they're tasty!

Maybe fried dandelion flowers aren’t the most healthy way to eat them, but they’re tasty!

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