A favorite, nutrient-packed edible weed.
Would you poison your food or throw away good medicine? No, of course not!
So just how did we get to this place where each year Americans spend billions to do just that?
In the early days of America, there were Native American tribes who “hunted” buffalo by driving herds off cliffs. This was called Buffalo Jump or Pishkin in Blackfoot.1)https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buffalo_jump The buffalo were not intelligent enough to question following the herd off the cliff to certain death.
But we are.
However it is that we got to this place… this monetary and ecological “cliff” of spending billions of dollars on manicured lawns, which we can’t even eat, it’s time to rethink it and adjust course.
It’s time to stop spending millions to destroy “weed” plants like plantain2)https://gardensall.com/one-of-the-best-weeds-for-food-and-medicine/ and dandelion. Time to stop paying money to poison “weeds” provided by nature to be our food and medicine, so we can save the lawn that we then have to serve. 3)https://gardensall.com/you-cant-eat-the-grass/ And sure…
To mow a lawn takes less effort than tending a garden of the same size.
But you can’t eat it.
Derek Markham writes on TreeHugger.com:
“Part of the resistance to eating plants that we believe to be weeds, in my opinion, is that we are conditioned to only consider the items we find in the grocery store as food, and not things that the rest of the neighborhood sees as unwelcome invaders in lawns and gardens. And unless we’ve been exposed to eating plants that are seen as common garden weeds, and had them prepared for us, we’re probably not likely to try to eat them on our own. Once in a while, we might come across dandelion greens or purslane for sale in the produce section of the grocery store, or the farmers market, but for the most part, many common edible garden weeds aren’t available anywhere else except for our lawns or garden beds. And that’s a shame.”4)http://www.treehugger.com/lawn-garden/eat-dandelions-9-edible-garden-weeds.html
We agree. Remember, we are conditioned to eat what’s readily available for mass production and that holds up to shipping and shelf life. Produce that’s in most North American grocery stores is but a small fraction of the wonderful foods available to us from nature’s bounty.
No we’re not against lovely lawns.5)https://gardensall.com/go-organic-for-lovely-lawns/
We love grass beneath our toes as much as anyone, and the sweet summer fragrance of fresh-cut grass is wonderful. We’re just offering one perspective toward bringing these things back into better balance.
For us that means it’s time to start planting our values into plants that sustain us. It’s time to grow plants that produce food and health. It may be different for you. If you want lots of lawn, then go for it! But… either way, don’t forget to pay heed to the food and health value inherent in the “lowly dandelion”… that is a lion of an herb!
Which, for this article, brings us to the stalwart and faithful and ever so persistent, dandelion! Often considered a nuisance or a weed, dandelion actually has numerous culinary and medicinal uses with health benefits.
Okay! Now that we’ve covered some philosophy and opinions, to plead the case for our favorite herb, let’s look into why dandelion can be considered a superfood on page 2.
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