I recall as a young child, going with my mom into the forests to collect Dandelions for supper. This was a normal phenomenon for us. I never gave it a second thought, till I grew up and left home and then was faced with the realities of life.
Country living is far different from town living. Country living is more harmonious with nature. Somehow you simply learn to co-exist with nature. You are not as adamant to’be in control’ of every aspect of life .
It is amazing to discover that the’weeds’ thrive in the fields of the country in which they’re most needed. Surprised? So was I when I realized that if a weed was really abundant in my yard or my region of the country, it was a signal from nature to research that weed. What is it used for? What are its benefits? In contrast to the’town dweller’ where they run for the’Round Up'”, obtained ta kill that weed!
Did you ever stop to think that Nature is sending you a message? It behooves us to learn to read and comprehend the messages and signs from nature.
Consider the Dandelion… That everyday, normal, menacing lawn plant that appears to flourish regardless of all of the pulling and poisoning that we do to get rid of it.
It is packed with nutrients and is really one of the very best wild edible you could ever hope for; simple to find and easy to recognize comestible. The leaves and the yellow flowers are edible.
The blossom tastes like sweet honey and has antioxidant properties that help boost immune function. Great in a salad or independently.
The leaves help detox the liver and kidneys. They’re high in vitamins A, C, K, and minerals: calcium, copper, iron, manganese, and potassium. The greens tend to be bitter, but if you make many changes of water while boiling, it is possible to alleviate some of the bitterness.
The roots help alleviate upset stomachs. Also makes a fantastic tea!