Why eat 'weeds'?
Well, for one thing, they weren't always considered weeds. The settlers brought them over here on purpose.
For another, they are one of the earliest edibles available locally. Sure, in this day of supermarket living that may not be a real concern to most people. But have you noticed, you can buy dandelion greens in a lot of grocery stores these days? My question is, who is buying them instead of picking their own? I mean, seriously, one of the bonus points...
They are highly nutritious, packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
They are easy to identify. No field guides required. Unless, of course, you've really been living under a rock. Bigger than my rock, even. Ha!
And in my neck of the woods, the next local item on the menu is going to need a few weeks yet...
You can look online for recipes for dandelion greens, dandelion fritters, dandelion salad, dandelion coffee, dandelion syrop, and dozens more. Or, you can just toss a few leaves in a salad or a soup pot, throw some buds in your stew, soup, potatoes, or rice, or stir fry. Yummy stuff! I'm going to try a batch of dandelion fritters tomorrow for brunch!