Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Dandelion - Taraxacum officinale

Often the scourge of gardeners, but equally great fun for kids (big and small) who love to gently blow the seed head of the Dandelion and release the hundreds of tiny seeds on their parachutes into the summer breeze, but, how many people have actually taken the time to sit down and study the seed head of a Dandelion?, it's an incredible piece of natural engineering, perfect in it's precision and delicate beyond words, so grab yourself a jewelers loupe or a small magnifying glass and take some time to actually study this ubiquitous weed in some detail, not forgetting of course, that it tastes pretty damned good as well, the leaves, flowers and root can be eaten raw or cooked and for a plant it's protein content ranks as one of the highest, the root of a two year old plant can be harvested and dried out to make a coffee (caffeine free by the way) substitute and the flowers can be made into a refreshing tea, not too mention it's wealth of medicinal properties, including the treatment of warts (it works as i tried it on a wart i had and now it's gone), it's also a laxative, a diuretic ans a depurative amongst other things, the plant can also be used to help ripening of fruits if placed next to immature fruits and it's a source of latex and dyes, so to the untrained eye it's a  common weed, to the person who takes the time to study it, it's a full on miracle of evolution.

Always seek advice from a professional before ingesting or using any wild plant medicinally.

2 comments:

  1. My father made a few gallons of dandelion wine every year as well, and every once in a while we would have eggs and dandelion greens for breakfast. Truly an amazing plant. I just wish that it wouldn't love to grow in my lawn so much. Love your blog Kepis.

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  2. Thanks for the comments Tom

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