Think you got “weeds” growing in your garden? Think again……….!

by Jolanda KoedoodApril 5, 2018

Have you ever realized, while walking through your backyard and pulling up,  or even spraying “weeds” that you are toying with Natures gifts.

This beautiful looking “weed” is totally usable to mankind, in the form of the amazing Dandelion; Taraxacum officinale, and is often mistaken for an “undesirable weed”.

Mother Nature is communicating with mankind

If there is Dandelion growing in your nearby environment then this might actually tell you something about your health….

Plants tend to grow and pop up, everywhere when we need them most, I believe this to be part of the Laws of Nature

There is so much more liver and kidney dis-ease in the 21st Century, and for eons of time Dandelion has been used to ail dis-ease of the liver by using the root of the Dandelion, and to ail dis-ease of the kidneys by using the leaves of the Dandelion.

And with the flowers we can become rather creative in our kitchen; this after the bees have been allowed to pollinate the plant and harvest its pollen for fuel

Everything from the Dandelion plant is edible, from the roots, the leaves to its flowers; this is why it is so attractive to me, because of its versatility!

Wild crafting Dandelion…………….

Advisable only, if you can identify the plant correctly and if you know that the plant hasn’t been sprayed or is growing alongside roadsides, in different words growing your own Dandelion in your own environment will give you the best outcome!

Some simple hints to identify Dandelion:

The leaves grow around the center outwards and are jagged shaped.
The stems can be darker at the center of the crown (purplish/reddish)
Dandelion means Lion’s tooth, this is the way the leaves grow, jagged, sometimes rounded or sometimes pointed like an arrow.

From the center, there will develop a single hollow stemmed flower (this is an important part of the identification!)

Dandelion is also forgiving, if you just harvest the leaves (to add to a salad or juice), and leave the root intact, you can observe leaves returning to grow within a couple of days after the last harvest.

Once a year,  I harvest the whole plant and prepare the root by roasting them into this amazing strong bitter tasting “coffee-like” substitute. My favorite Dandi-Chino, heavenly tasting with a little almond milk and honey.

So, try something new and different, by harvesting a millennia old plant, which is still around today and add the leaves to your salad, turn the root into a coffee substitute (after roasting) or fry some yummy flowers, its slightly bitter taste, will make your kidneys and liver grateful