The Survival Series Part Ten: Dandelions

Escapism can be such a release, but when combined with real world scenarios and food it can also be quite fun!

Inspired by my love for post-apocalyptic survival, wild food and adventure, part 10 of this series is focusing in on:

Dandelions

Often considered as one of those pesky weeds that hang about your garden, it may come as a wonder for some that you could actually reap the benefits of this plant if you tried eating it!

A rich source of minerals, vitamins and even antioxidants, the common yellow dandelion is bursting with healthy treats.

How to eat it I hear you ask? Well you could simply toss the young leaves into a salad for a great nutritional boost or even make fritters. It’s also a perfect addition to a wild herb risotto.

What’s great is that the entire plant is edible, the plant can be steamed, roasted, eaten raw or even ground into a powder and used as a coffee substitute. The flowers can also be used to make jellies or cordials.

Found in abundance, just make sure that your harvest dandelions in a place that isn’t sprayed with chemicals or on a roadside. Happy foraging!

Movie to watch: District 9

(Lead image via WikimediaCommons)

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