With all the rain we've been having, I need some sun, so I figured now would be a good time to talk about dandelions! Seriously, dandelions have got to be one of the most perfect plants in the world! They are bright and sunny to look at, can be used medicinally, the root, leaves, and flowers are all good to eat at some point, and they are sure easy to grow! If everyone fully understood how great dandelions were, there would be no market for companies like TruGreen (which I strongly suspect will have an ad running over there --> Silly AdSense!) to get paid to dump toxins on a perfectly nice lawn! In fact, a lot of the same people who do have companies like that come out to kill their dandelions, may be paying good money to buy dandelions at the same time. A lot of storebought salad mixes have young dandelion leaves in them. Most herbal diuretic pills and detox formulas contain dandelion root. Yet, millions of silly people continue to dump poisons on this, my favorite flower.
|My middle son was quite distressed when I uprooted a dandelion when digging out garden beds. He immediately got his shovel out and started looking for a place to replant it.|
Fried Dandelion Blossoms
young dandelion blossoms (not fully open yet)
1 egg, beaten
1 cup milk
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
oil for frying
Thoroughly wash dandelion blossoms and remove any excess stem, only leaving enough to hold the flower together. Completely dry by blotting on a paper towel. Heat oil deep enough to completely submerge flowers to 375 degrees. Combine beaten egg, milk, flour, salt, and pepper in a mixing bowl. Dip the flowers into the batter to completely coat and fry until golden brown. Drain before serving.
This recipe wasn't perfect. Next time I make them, I will probably put some herbs in there or something to make them more flavorful, but it was still fun to do, the kids loved it, and, anytime you deep fry something and dip it in ranch, it can't be all bad (except for bad for your health). If I come up with an even better version and/or find the dandelion cookie recipe we made, which was pretty darn good, except that it needed chocolate, I guess I'll have to share more dandelion fun!
Speaking of more dandelion fun, here are some of the things that readers of this blog like to do with dandelions:
- Mary Beth said "I am eating a bowl of sauteed greens right now!! I dug up bucket fulls today from the herb gardens!"
- Lindy said " they are yummy! And for a diuretic they are balanced and won't deplete your electrolytes!"
- Lisa said "I put a little bit of dandelion leaves in my green smoothies when they're 'in season'"
- Cheryl said "Necklaces and tiaras"