Who you calling a weed?
The dandelion might be one of the most well known yet despised plants among suburb dwellers.Why is there so much effort waged against this resilient “weed?” It wasn’t always considered an eye sore. In fact, colonists were sure to bring over dandelion seeds, so they could have their flavorful salad companion, and not to mention the medicinal purposes it served.
The word dandelion is derived from the French name for the plant “Dante De Lion.” This is for the spiky leaf shape resembling the teeth of a lion. Besides being an edible Greens Champion in the upcoming “Green On The Red” event hosted by WeGrowTogether.org, there are a few things that are often overlooked about this rather tasty vegetable.
If you’re effected by diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol or heart disease, then perhaps you shouldn’t be too quick to exterminate. Packed in to 1 raw cup of this very resilient food source are 5 grams of fiber, 1.5 grams of protein, 112% vitamin A, 10% calcium, 9% iron, and 32% vitamin C. What doesn’t sound good about a food that is highly nutritious and easy to grow?
Besides it’s obvious health benefits, it is also extremely helpful in the garden. Within the tap root that only the brave play tug-of-war with lies the magic of this plant. By reaching deep in to the soil it pulls up nutrients and naturally fertilizes the plants around it. Not to mention how “the dandelion blossom is a bee’s gas station,” says EatTheWeeds.com. This is a hard working, versatile edible.
When you sit back and observe, they function as a plant that can cover soil and prevent erosion, fertilize other plants around them, and mine the ground without you ever breaking a sweat or doing more than let them spread their seeds around. I guarantee you’ll be able to change your outlook on them quicker and easier than you can keep them away.
Since every beauty pageant contestant is always wishing to end world hunger, here is an easy piece in that puzzle. If you can’t beat them, eat them! Brussels Sprouts better watch out, there’s a new green in town.
We focus on easily maintained, financially accessible and resilient edible landscapes. If you are interested in more information visit our website and check out our Permaculture discussion group at 5:30 – 7:30 PM on February 25th at the Naked Bean Cafe. Click here to join the Facebook event.
Josh Fast, along with his partner, Shreveport native, Lydia Thomas are new residents in Highland and have branded HomelawnSecurity.com. The aim of Homelawn Security is to educate and ally with the local area to bring Permaculture gardening to Shreveport/ Bossier. Josh is a cycling enthusiast and loves playing turn of the century blues on guitar. If you’d like to chat about ending world hunger cheaper and more efficiently, he is always ready to talk an ear off or two. Approach with caution, he’s a high-fiver.