Friday, July 16, 2010

Dandelion or DAMNDELIONS ??



A dear friend calls them DAMNDELIONS! He has hated them since i have known him.
Me on the other hand love them ,always have.
It is a common weed  often hated and poisoned by those preferring a “weed free” lawn, while those of us in love with dandelions and spend time trying to learn more about it .
This plant was purposefully brought to North America by Europeans not wanting to leave this valuable resource behind. Every part of the dandelion can be used as food or medicine
When the first spring leaves pop up out of the ground they can be harvested heavily and eaten fresh with salads.
The leaves are highly nutritious, containing large amounts of vitamin A, calcium, potassium, and many more vitamins and minerals.

I saw an article on the Almanac site that got me started thinking about it ,they had a recipe for Pesto.
dandelion-pesto
I love  pizza with pesto , chicken ,roasted dried tomatoes , black olives and a good cheese. 
There are loads of stories about this plant online and in books , & many many ways to use it. Along with recipes for dandelion coffee, batter-fried dandelion blossoms, and a bunch of other dishes.
And then friends joined in to give me more information!
Dan a wonderful artist  at www.art-hip.com, Plus He has studied and taught plants for years !
He told me some great things . He got my curiosity up after reading things he said ....
Like the dandelion used to be used by Gypsies ( another of my interest) for a Pregnancy test... he said.
" There was a song: Dandelions will make you wise, tell me if she laughs or cries, blow away dandelion..., When i heard about the pregnancy test..., the song made much more sense to me."
he also said he'd drank it as coffee. He said "It is a good way to get those good minerals and nutrients though. I am a coffee drinker as well, there is no caffeine in dandelions, but in a pinch it can be mixed to extend coffee supplies."
 
Okay i had to go searching then , here's something I found at dandelion_medicine
there is an old wives' tale that they are also natural pregnancy tests. The theory in practice works much the same as a store-bought test - using the flower in place of the "stick", if the flower shrivels up, it's positive, and if it does nothing, the test is negative.

I also found a site with Wine recipes http://winemaking.jackkeller.net/dandelio.asp



How about some Dandelion Jelly
 this recipe was found in The 1977 Old Farmer's Almanac
  • 1 quart of bright, fresh dandelion blossoms
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 package of powdered fruit pectin
  • 5 1/2 cups of sugar
Rinse them quickly in cold water and snip off the stems and green collars under the blossoms. Boil the petals in 2 quarts of water for 3 minutes. Cool and strain, pressing the petals with your fingers to extract all the juice. Measure out 3 cups of the dandelion liquid and place in a large jelly kettle. Add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and 1 package of powdered fruit pectin (1 3/4 ounces). Bring the mixture to a boil. Add 5 1/2 cups of sugar, stirring to mix well. Continue stirring, and boil the mixture for 2-1/2 minutes. Pour into small glasses and cover with paraffin when the jelly is cool.

Well reading all these recipes and all I am hungry.  Plus my coffee got cold so I will leave you with this next one . Peace and thanks for stopping by.

How to Make Roasted Dandelion Root Tea (aka. Dandelion Root Coffee) | eHow.com

the dandelion fairy



the dandelion fairy Pictures, Images and Photos

3 comments:

  1. now i know alot more about dandelions!! they seem to come in different sizes too...maybe one day i'll have to try some tea...or wine sounds pretty good too! NOW, about that dandelion fairy!!??? when i think of a fairy...i think of fluffy...like clouds...with gossamer wings...glimmering...and shimmering! but your fairy...maybe she;s the dark side fairy? that's cool too! :) love your blog!

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  2. i'd like to press some of those damndelions!:-)

    now, if i could only get the fluff to stay put!:-)

    thanks for posting such fun stuff!:-)

    rebekah:-)

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    1. I am glad I found your site as I too love dandelions. I think some people think dandelions are also the "cat ears" that come up right after the dandelions fade & look like mini dandelions; unlike the dandelion that has very soft stem, cat ears have a hard pokey stem.

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