I recall sometime during my college years, eating a salad at a restaurant and noticing some of the greens looked familiar. Where had I seen those before? Wait a minute!…Are those dandelion leaves? I was honestly disgusted. Who would put weeds in a salad? Is that supposed to make it “fancy”…that’s not fancy, those are weeds you can find anywhere and most people (including me) try to get rid of them.
Well, how niave I was. Little did I know that they have been used for food and herbal remedies by humans for much of recorded history. For a complete run down of history, nutrients, and herbal benefits, check out How To Use Dandelion by Small Footprint Family
So when exactly did we start hating on them so much?
I admit that in the past, I too have used those pesky chemicals in attempts to rid my yard of those yellow flowers and the following white puff balls. But honestly, the flowers are quite pretty growing densely within the unmowed grass. And who can restrain themselves from blowing a seeded dandelion head sending the seeds flying in the wind. So what really is the bother with these weeds anyway? I suppose nothing really, except the status of a weedfree lawn. Well, I think I’m over it now. Given their health benefits and knowing that I’m not gonna win any war against them, I’m learning to love my dandelions.
So, if we are going to be getting along, I thought I might as well put these nutrient dense, flowing buggers to work for me. So first off, I refered to grandma. “Hey Grandma, what do you know about eating dandelions?”
“Oh, we used to always put dandelions in our eggs”
Hmmm…dandelions in eggs? I think even I could handle that one, sounds easy enough.
So, one morning I sent our son outside to pick me some dandelions. He lit right up, since he loves to pick mommy dandelion flowers. He does it all the time (My sweet boy).
Dandelion Scrambled Eggs
6-8 Dandelion Flower (heads only)
Simply beat the eggs and milk together and cook as you would any scrambled eggs. Add the flower heads in as you add the eggs to the skillet.
They were pretty good. I honestly didn’t even notice the dandelions too much.
They added a little boost of goodness to my breakfast! Give it a try sometime.
Here are a few other good ideas for dandelions that I will likely give a try:
Dandelion Wine (from Small Footprint Family)
Fermented Dandelion Soda (from We Like Making Our Own Stuff)
Dandelion Tea and Coffee (from Earth Friendly Goodies)
Dandelion Fritters (from Growing Up Herbal)