Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Wildcrafting Round-up - Dandelions

This month the dandelions are blooming, and I wanted to share some cool dandelion tid-bits I found online. First, some poetry. The poem above is on a poster at Billy Lei Photography (go there to zoom in on it if you can't read the text above). I also stumbled on another pretty poem about dandelions, as well as some interesting history, at Natural Mother's Network,  and Squirrel Queen introduced me to my new favorite gardening quote...

Roses are red,

Violets are blue;

But they don't get around

Like the dandelions do.

~Slim Acres

I love having dandelions in my yard, which are both edible and medicinal!   The leaves taste good in a salad if you get to them before the flowers grow.  I personally think the leaves peppery taste makes a good compliment for tacos.  The flowers can be eaten too, and look pretty as a garnish.   I also like the taste of boiled dandelion buds with butter and salt (similar to asparagus, but I think dandelion tastes better!).

Here's some other recipes I'm looking forward to trying (well, except the wine...but you all that drink might enjoy that):



  1. I love dandelions but we seem to be having a shortage this year. (Which is strange, I know!) I made some soap from some, but haven't rounded up enough to do much else. I'm hoping we get more!

  2. I love dandelions too and didn't know about eating the flowers and buds. I want to try the recipe with the buds that you mentioned. Sounds yummy. Thanks for the article.

  3. I make Dandelion Blossom takes like honey! My grandchildren absolutely love it! Almost everyone who has tasted it loves it! :)

    1. That sounds delicious. I'd love to have the recipe, and share it here if you don't mind (or if you do mind...I'd love to just have it and not share it). :-)

  4. Oh wow! What a great post about dandelions. We love dandelions. I love that my children enjoy giving them to me as flowers. People call them weeds, but they are so much more than that. Thanks for sharing the recipe links. We have quite a few in our yard, this could be interesting.
    Oh, and thanks for sharing this post on Throwback Thursday Blog-Style so I could find it. I hope you will have a chance to join in again.

    1. Thanks for letting me know you enjoyed my post. I love dandelions too...not weeds at all! :-)