Elfriede B wrote:
Dandelion, one of my favorite plants (among so many). I don't know what the Chinese are up to concerning Dandelion, but I can tell you what I learned in my youth, and how we use them.
Dandelions grew big and fat at home. It is my dream to improve my soil to the point it grows good dandelions, not the measley ones I get now. By the way, the ones in the video are nothing to write home about either. When we bought our isolated fourty acres, there was not a single dandelion growing here. Zilch. We built a small house and I prayed, "dear God, please send me some dandelion". Next spring when we came to the "farm" there was one plant growing in front of the kitchen window. No place else.
As a child I picked baskets of dandelionfor the rabbits. Dandelion salad in early spring, with a hot, sweet sour dressing on it. The root, dried and ground, or chopped and dried, for stomach and liver. The stems, while in season, eat ten of them every day if you are diabetic, if you are not, your pancreas will like it anyway. They taste crunchy, mildly sweet and mildly bitter. Not bad. The buds, when they are still tightly closed, prepare like brussel sprouts, steam and season. good for a couple of meals. The blossoms, okay, there is the famous dandelion wine, which I never cared for. But what we do like is Dandelion "honey," which really is syrup, which looks and sort of tastes like honey, you could fool some people. I used it in baking at Christmastime for Lebkuchen, we used it on pancakes and in herbal tea like honey. I have not made any since we moved to the "farm" as the blossoms just are so wimpy. with really big fat blossoms I would just cut the green part off with scissors and not pluck the petals. If too much green is in the mix, it tastes a tad bitter and not as good. My husband likes to eat the blossoms like the girl did in the film. I tried it and got a case like hay fever. I used to have hayfever when the meadows were yellow with dandelion. They are past their prime now, but I still pick leaves and put them in the Vita Mix with other stuff that I use to make a green drink. The flowers are so beautiful, I am sure if it was rare and difficult to grow, much effort would be put into growing it in gardens.