Campaign to restore the reputation of Dent de Lion…Dandelion

Taraxacum officinale, Dandelion seed head

I’m afraid there’s no denyin’
I’m just a dandylion
A fate I don’t deserve. ~ the  Cowardly Lion in “If I only had the Nerve”

children have it right about the humble dandelion – it’s just us acculturated adults who loathe this misunderstood plant – a plant fit for survival almost anywhere; fit for urban, suburban and rural landscapes; fit to grow tenaciously through concrete sidewalks, lawns and fields; children love its bright cadmium yellow clock flowers; white globes of pappus and achenes tempt the young to blow and watch tiny parachutes drift off to who knows where; ahhh, to drift off to who knows where; did you notice its hollow stems with a white latex sap; some folks collect its petals for wine; a few eat of the lion’s toothed dent de lion greens, a bit bitter, but nutritious as they contain vitamins A, B, C, D, and potassium K; its leaves makes one pissenlit – piss in bed – a diuretic; roasted roots substitute for coffee; roots of inulin and polysaccharides to make one regular, movements that is; good for the liver – a cholagogue, good for a cleanse, good for spring cleaning; good for free; don’t spray round-up but do round-up your inner child, a dandelion and blow;

eat of the roots and greens too:

respect, not spray, the dandelions

two online recipes for roasted dandelion roots: http://www.ehow.com/how_5690430_roast-dandelion-root.html
http://www.eatweeds.co.uk/dandelion-root-coffee-recipe

two online recipes for dandelion greens (use young leaves before flowering for less bitter flavor) http://southernfood.about.com/od/collardgreens/r/bl30319f.htm
http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Sauteed-Dandelion-Greens-242014

The “good enough” yard should have an ample supply of dandelions; if it doesn’t, children  take caution.

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