Our life living off the land in our log cabin, breathing fresh mountain air, and getting back to basics.
Thursday, April 17, 2014
The Delightful Dandelion
Most people consider the dandelion a weed. For us, it's a delicious, nutritious wild edible! As soon as the weather warms up, we start looking for the bright dots sprouting in fields, along the roads and in everyone's yards and harvesting them.
We've made dandelion wine and dandelion bloom fritters,
but our favorite way to utilize them is as fresh spring green salad. You pick them like you would any lettuce, wash and dry the leaves, sprinkle a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar over it, and you've got yourself a salad high in vitamins A & C, potassium and antioxidants. The taste is slightly bitter and the texture is similar to spinach. The unopened buds add a little sweetness and crunch...delish!
I also love the blooms. From a distance they look simple, but up close the detail is a work of art...
Have you ever eaten dandelion? If you haven't, I suggest you try some. You can either pick it fresh (make sure you it hasn't been sprayed with pesticide) or buy it in your local farmers market or health food store. I think you'll be happy you did!
Thanks for reading my blog, see you tomorrow,