"He causeth the grass to grow for food, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth; And wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth a man's heart." ~Psalm 104: 14-15

Saturday

Herbs in my Backyard: Dandelions {plus smoothie recipe}

Dandelion Herb Round-up

 

Dandelions: Who wants 'em?

Spraying pesticides, hours of weed pulling, and being annoyed - often these thoughts go hand-in-hand when people think of this little wild plant. But is that all there really is to it? Get it rid of it, throw it away, spray it?  No, no, no. Dandelions have so much to offer! Look, here are some things you should know about dandelions; just start clicking the links so you can learn about it for yourself!

Brief Dandelion round-up:


Link Summery:

So, quick re-cap: Dandelions are useful for many things.  They are exceptionally good for your  health (full of vitamins and minerals, for a start), are cheaper than dirt, and easy to grow. You can make tea, salad, tinctures, coffee, pancakes, syrup, smoothies... They even make your soil more nutritious for the rest of your plants to thrive in! What's not to love?? We can utilize the awesome health benefits that God has abundantly growing all over the place, and enjoy them while we're at it!

 

 My experience:


My own first experiment with dandelion in the kitchen was a near success; I tried making a smoothie with it, which turned out almost as I wished. (I regretted the lime I added without enough cocoa. So, if you want to try it yourself, make sure you have plenty of cocoa on hand!) Here, you can try my adapted version of the recipe for a dandelion smoothie!

Cocoa Dandelion & Banana Smoothie

  1. Peel and freeze a banana.
  2. Pick and rinse fresh, small dandelion leaves from a clean area (no pesticides!)
  3. Blend those two together, adding one of the following to desired texture - maybe 1/4 to 1/2 c: water/coconut water, or use a milk for a creamier smoothie.
  4. Add cocoa & honey to taste along with a pinch of "pink salt".
  5. Pour up, and enjoy with a sprig of mint!

 

In conclusion: 

Can I just say it here? You really, really don't need to be spraying poison in your yard, just because you have dandy "weeds" popping up-even when they're uninvited. You can make very good use of the little (even uninvited) greens or roots. Besides, the poison has effects that, even unnoticed for a while, are harmful to us humans too! (And that is the closest you'll find me to mentioning "Round-up" in the discussion on dandelions!)

Note: there are natural weed-killer options out there, if you're dead set on just spraying them. But seriously, that's like taking your bottle of vitamins and flushing them...why would you want to do that? So please, don't feel you have to resort to herbicides when you find dandelions -even if they're in your lawn- instead, it's time to start up the tea kettle! Or the dehydrator. Or grab a mason jar and a bottle of vodka; it's tincture-making time!

Do you use dandelion in your kitchen? Leave a comment below if you care to share your thoughts!


A common walk-way weed...? (nope!)

If I still haven't convinced you, and you still thinking I'm crazy for loving this peppy plant, then take a look at what this lady has to say: Rethinking Weeds: Becoming Plant Literate! Besides, aren't they just the cheeriest spring yellow, to pop up and brighten your day? :) 

This is the first herb post in the Herbs in My Backyard Series...more to come

4 comments:

  1. I enjoy dandelion greens in salad and also like dandelion tea. I Noticed a neighbor also enjoys them when I saw him walking around picking the dandelions around the complex, haha!

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    1. I need to try that! Seems like the most basic dandelion dish, yet I've never had it (at least, not with young enough greens)!

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  2. How funny. :) Hopefully they don't get sprayed! I've noticed we have a lot of dandelions shooting up in the shade since the thunder shower in the last couple weeks. :) Yay!

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  3. My niece & I have made dandelion cookies with the flowers. They were yummy.

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