I remember as a child, going with my mother into the woods to gather Dandelions for dinner. This was a normal occurrence for us. I never even gave it a second thought, until I grew up and left home and then was faced with the realities of life.
Country living is a lot different than city living. Country living is more compatible with nature. Somehow you just learn to co-exist with nature. You are not as adamant to ‘be in control’ of every aspect of life around you.
It is amazing to find that the ‘weeds’ flourish in the areas of the country where they are most needed. Surprised? So was I when I realized that if a weed was really abundant in my yard or my area of the country, it was a signal from nature to investigate that weed. What is it used for? What are its benefits?
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In contrast to the ‘city dweller’ where they run for the ‘Round Up”, gotta kill that weed!
Did you ever stop to think that Nature is sending you a message? It behooves us to learn to read and understand the messages and signs from nature.
Consider the Dandelion… That everyday, ordinary, menacing lawn plant that seems to thrive in spite of all the pulling and poisoning that we do to get rid of it.
It is loaded with nutrients and is actually one of the best wild edible you could ever hope for; easy to find and easy to recognize. The nutrients in the Dandelion include minerals and vitamins such as: magnesium, phosphorous, zinc, iron, calcium, beta carotene, biotin, Vitamins B1, B2, B5, B6, B12, C. E, and D. The green leaves and the yellow flowers are edible.
The flower tastes like sweet honey and has antioxidant properties which help increase immune function. Good in a salad or by themselves.
The leaves help detox the liver and kidneys. They are high in vitamins A, C, K, and minerals: calcium, copper, iron, manganese, and potassium. Eat them raw in salads, juice them or boil them like spinach or put in soup. The greens tend to be bitter, but if you make several changes of water while boiling, you can relieve some of the bitterness.
The roots cleanse and detoxify the liver and the gall bladder, and purifies the blood. They are rich in iron, boron, beta-carotene and potassium. The roots help to ease upset stomachs. Also makes a great tea!