Warm yellow dots start to scatter about the fields as Spring reveals itself. Dandelions are the most common broadleaf weed in most lawns. It is found in virtually every kind of habitat, from openings in deep woods to cultivated fields, from rocky hillsides to fertile gardens and lawns.
Many people look at dandelions as a pesky weed to be eraditcated when in fact we should be celebrating this healthful plant!
Dandelions are often the first meal bees consume after they awake from their winter hibernation because dandelions are one of the first flowers to bloom in the spring, especially in the cool northern climates. Bees need quick nourishment after they emerge, and dandelions can provide just that. Dandelions provide both protein (pollen) and carbohydrate (nectar). It has been said that bees can smell dandelions from a mile away.
video from our farm in Southern Humbolt, CA
Dandelions can be tasty and provide us with health benefits like beta-carotene, which is an antioxidant that helps protect cells from damage. The flower of the dandelion is also full of polyphenols, which are another type of antioxidant. People use the leaves, stem, flower, and root of the dandelion for medicinal purposes and in cooking.
I found this site while reasearching recipes on how to incorporate dandelions into our diet and these all looked delicious and interesting - https://homesteading.com/dandelion-recipes/.
Let us know if you have a favorite recipe with these yellow and green beauties!