Dandelion is a wonderful “weed” that has a bad rap today. Not only is dandelion a delicious food and medicine, it is a plant that rebuilds and nourishes the soil and helps fix the damage humans have done over thousands of years. Dandelions are the best thing to happen to a lawn to bring back vitality and health but they are shunned. In Europe, large estates used to have large green lawns. It was a way for the owners of these estates to show how wealthy they were, that they could have this large green lawn that had no purpose other than to exist. These tracts of land showed that the owners were so rich they had no need to grow their own food or raise their own animals, or, god forbid, need to hunt for themselves. In World War II there was a great victory garden campaign in the US where people were encouraged to grow their own food to help with the war effort. Once the war was over and the economy recovered people pushed back against victory gardens, and took on the idea that a nice, green, grass lawn was how they could show they weren’t so poor as to need to grow their own food.
People didn’t want their green lawns marred by anything, especially not the persistent and ever present dandelion. Dandelion, which fed people and kept them alive during the dust bowl, the great depression and the war was now seen as a food for the impoverished, and must be gotten rid of. Poisoned. Tossed aside like garbage. Now, some even think this wonderful plant poisonous because of the lovely white latex sap it produces! What a tragedy.
As you will find in this issue dandelion is wonderful and anyone around this beautiful plant is truly blessed. Next time you see this wonderful “weed” be sure to thank it for all it does, blow a dandelion puff into the wind, and spread the word of this wonderful plant.