Eating WILD GREENS from your own backyard in the spring of the year is a delicacy to some and a foreign idea to others. Some people see Dandelions pop up in their yard with their fluffy yellow flowers and think it is time for the weed killer. Think again. STOP! Do not kill the Dandelions. If you have not ever eaten the sharp toothed leafy green, try it. While you are at it, eat the blossoms too!
Have you ever thought about the what if? If so–Do you know what type of plants you can eat safely to help subsidize your food budget if it is necessary? I came across an article on the web site called The Art of Manliness; it is very interesting, great photos, and super useful information, check out: Surviving the Wild 19-common edible plants.
What if food gets priced so high you cannot afford to buy it…but you still have yourself and a family to feed? Do you know how to forage for edible wild greens? Are you prepared for sustainable eating? The information in this article will show you how to find, cut, and prepare a wild green that is a powerhouse of nutrients! Go no further than your back yard this spring and cook-up a batch of Dandelion Greens!
Dandelions (Taraxacum officianale)
You can eat the whole dandelion plant the flower, leaves, and the root. As a matter of fact, what one might discard generally as a weed and poison with herbicides, can be used and eaten like you would any other greens you are familiar with (i.e., Swiss chard, Spinach, or Beet Greens).
Dandelion root is used as food, and is a culinary treat boiled, cut-up, and stir-fried in olive oil, and sprinkled with a little garlic salt. Here is more information in regards to Weed Edibles look at the web-site.
It is also used for medicinal purposes.
Dandelion roots can be washed, and used to make tea. The fresh tender dandelion greens leaves of early spring can be cut, washed, and eaten fresh in salad, or boiled, then served with butter, salt and pepper. The leaves can also be steeped in hot boiling water, sweetened, and you have a healthy tea! Dandelion Flower Blossoms can be battered up and pan-fried to a crispy golden delicacy. You can also make tea from the blossom that is sweet enough to drink without sweetener.
Usually in the spring, before anything else can be grown in our gardens, dandelions are seen popping up everywhere. It is a sustainable edible plant, wild greens, that are not only pretty to look at but are fun to eat! Dandelions are super healthy and nutritious for us too.