If the dandelions are the most prolific plant in your yard, try eating them. It won’t make them go away, but it might make you feel better.
Lots of “weeds” are edible. In my own state of Ohio we have lamb’s quarters, garlic mustard, plantain, purslane and violets (the most beautiful weed). Provided you don’t squirt poison on your yard, you can gather all these goodies, both leaves and flowers.
I was touched by the Snarky Gardener’s testimonial to the much-reviled dandelion:
I laugh when people talk about eradicating them from their yards. Not only can it be eaten, but it helps in other ways. The yellow flowers give bees pollen early in the season when they need it the most. Its long tap root brings up minerals and nutrients that are then utilized by your garden plants.
I’ll try to remember that when the dandelions get so profuse that they threaten to take over the lawn.
In the meantime, I went outside and used scissors to snip off the best-looking leaves, then added some garden kale to my mix. Dandelions tend to be bitter (perhaps that’s why they are the only plants in the yard that never get chomped by the bugs). So unless you love ultra-bitter veggies like radicchio, it’s necessary to plunge them in boiling salted water for a minute or two. Then sauté with olive oil and garlic, Roman-style. They’re great with anything that adds a smoky flavor, like the Bellavitano cheese with chipotle rind.
Great post and recipe 💕
Thanks Samantha 🙂
We lived upon nettles,
when nettles were good.
Waterloo porridge was the best of our food 🙂
Lol Always took it to mean the wateriest of porridge, ever, ugh! I have had nettles, much like spinach, and super good for you. Going to give dandelion a try 😚
I need to try nettles. Assume they have to be blanched to get rid of the stings!
Sauteed Dandelion with caramelized onions is one of my favorite childhood dish.
Oooh, that sounds delicious!
Lisa @ cheergerm said:
‘No, not that kind’ chuckle chortle. Good use of a weed LM.
Haha! Thanks Lisa. I understand that the “other” weed is not very palatable, although plenty of people are eager to consume it.
Hmmm… never thought to eat dandelions before, will maybe give it a go with the boiling in salt water & sautéing scenario. Sounds easy and interesting enough to try. 🙂
And they are very good for you!