Just keeping it real, folks… I’ve yet to do a big spring clean of my garden. It still pretty much looks exactly like I reported a few weeks ago. My husband and I have plans to get the compost added tomorrow, so I’m hoping to make some progress really soon.
In the meantime, though, I couldn’t help but notice a nice lil’ bunch of dandelions growing in my garden beds. Not one to turn down a free lunch, I grabbed my rain boots and shovel and went to work this morning.
I know those dandelion taproots get a bad rap, but they are wonderfully nutritious and make the most delicious roasted tea!
After about 10 minutes’ time, I had a nice little colander’s worth. It’s been raining in my neck of the woods, which I think makes it a bit easier to dig them out without damaging the roots.
While out there, I noticed that some of my perennials were starting to wake up, thanks to the nice spring weather. If you only have annuals in your garden, make it a goal to add some perennials! They are great money-savers as they keep coming back year after year!
Next, I brought the dandelions into the kitchen to process. It’s nice to have a big clean sink to work with as these can get quite messy.
From here, I separated the roots from the greens and gave them a big scrub, and chopped them into small pieces….
Then, I ran them through a food processor and onto a baking sheet to roast in a 250° oven for about 2-3 hours, until completely dry. Can I just tell you how completely wonderful this process will make your kitchen and home smell?
For more detailed step-by-steps, please read my post on how to make dandelion root tea.
As for the greens, don’t throw them out! Give them a good rinse and you can use them in your salads or green smoothies. Dandelion greens are definitely a darker green, and can be a bit bitter. So you could blend them in with milder salad greens, or toss them with a nice sweet or citrus vinaigrette. They are also delicious sauteed in bacon.
So there you have it! If you have dandelions in your yard, don’t hit ’em with chemicals – dig them out and turn them into food! After all, they are free, abundant and extremely nutritious.
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