Imagine you are moving to a new world, leaving behind everything you know and love for life in an unknown country.
If possible, you’d probably want to bring along favorite foods and most-used medicines. What would those be for you? Tomatoes? Pumpkins? Antibiotics? Dandelions?
Four hundred years ago Europeans were making those same big decisions as they left all they knew behind for life in the “new world”. Some couldn’t bear to leave their favorite plants and so they intentionally brought seeds to plant in their new home.
It’s ironic to me that dandelions were once so cherished that people intentionally brought them across the ocean so they would not be separated from them. But then fast forward a few hundred years later and now many people in North America poison dandelion with chemicals to discourage its abundance in their pure grass lawns.
Strange how things turn out, huh?
Luckily, many of us are waking up to the generosity of this bountiful plant. Every part of the plant can be used as food and as medicine. It is an effective medicine for many conditions, yet safe for practically everyone to use.
The best news is that it probably grows abundantly near you, making it accessible and cheap too!
But today’s newsletter isn’t about the amazing virtues of dandelion. It’s not about how nutritious dandelion is or about how it can be used as a powerful medicine. No, today’s recipe is all about junk food. Wild food junk food.
Okay, okay, as far as “junk” goes, this is actually pretty healthy and still very tasty. But you won’t be thinking of that as you pop these crispy fritters into your mouth.
Before we get to our wild junk food recipe here are a few tips for identifying and harvesting dandelion flowers.
Identifying Dandelion Flowers
You are probably familiar with dandelion flowers. The yellow inflorescence can carpet lawns in the spring (a welcome sight from the repetitive green if you ask me).
However, there are a few other plants out there that resemble dandelion. There are a few ways to tell true dandelions from other plants.