Dandelion, Comfort food, supplement, or weed?

I guess I’m a wealth of trivia…   today at work I mentioned that the word dandelion comes from a French phrase that means something like “tooth of a lion”…  they say because of it’s spiked leaves..   the name has always conjured up “happy lions” to me though…

It started a conversation… Well I already knew that most people think dandelions are weeds..  what I didn’t know is that others think they are some kind of food supplement pill…

I have to say I grew up eating them as food.  I don’t know if it was because we were poor or just Italian, but I learned at a young age to enjoy eating them, usually boiled a bit in water — to make the soft enough to eat easily…   then take them out of the water into a bowl and toss them with some garlic powder and olive oil.   Eat with chunks of Italian bread.   We didn’t know at the time that olive oil was some kind of food supplement either…   but read about that on the internet too — it’s treated that way too.

They are good and nutritions food…

I’ve been reading about them online lately…    apparently they have medicinal properties… but really.. to me they are food.

So a guy at work was like… well what about the ones in your lawn… can you eat those?

Well there is a warning there… people put chemicals on their lawns.. so no — not safe if you’ve done that… but yes… that small plant taste great if you run an un-treated lawn…

All the real grocery stores around here sell bunches of dandelion in the produce department next to the spinach and Swiss chard…    The cultivated variety grows a nice head of big leaves…  whereas the lawn variety is mostly concerned with growing flowers to propagate.

I personally wouldn’t eat the flowers.. but in the past.. when times were simpler (no computers, internet..  barely a tv)  a local university would have a day each year where the students would collect the flowers to make dandelion wine from them…

If you want to try some as food.. I would advise to start slow though… They are packed with nutrition and lots of fiber…   a body on the Standard American Diet might have to get used to it.

 

 

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