Saturday, May 12, 2012

Don't "Roundup" Your Lions

While many misguided lawn aficionados attempt to drown this most useful of weeds with a quite toxic cocktail of isopropylamine salt glyphosate and polyethoxylated tallow amine (otherwise know as Monsanto's Roundup weed killer), foragers recognize the dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) as a delicious and free source of vitamins A, B complex, C and D, as well as yummy minerals such as iron, potassium and zinc. This lawn "pest" is one of the most versatile and easy to identify edible wild finds and is ubiquitous throughout our galaxy and most others. The tender new leaves can be added to any green salad; older leaves can be Sautéed alone or added to red and white pasta sauces; the flowers can be fashioned into fritters or dandelion wine; and the roots can be dried and ground into a passable coffee substitute sans the caffeine. One surprising bit of dandelion trivia is the fact that prior to Mr. Columbus' voyage, the New World was completely dandelionless...

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