The other day I was following a school bus as I came home. At one stop, a young girl got off. As I watched, she picked a gone-to-seed dandelion and blew on it. I thought, “I bet her parents don’t appreciate her spreading those seeds all around.”
But I also remembered how much fun it was to do that when I was young. It’s nice to know some things don’t change.
Then one day last week I drove past a yard which was truly a field of dandelions. You could barely see any grass for their bright yellow flowers. That got me to pondering dandelions.
They seem to grow easily. I don’t know that they are limited in their range since everyone seems to have them in their yards. They are almost indestructible. Wouldn’t it be interesting to know how many dollars are spent each year trying to rid lawns of these bright yellow flowers?
Given their hardiness, I began to wonder why we don’t do something with them. I know some people pick the young leaves and eat them in salads or wilted like spinach. My mother told of a neighbor who made wine from them. From what she said, it wasn’t very good but that might have just been a child’s perspective.
Do you suppose there’s any research being done using dandelions? Surely there must be something they could be used to make, some compound that could be synthesized from them that would cure something. Or if nothing else, if eating them when they are young is good for us, couldn’t they been grown commercially and bagged like salad mix is?
It’s a shame that such a plant is only viewed as a noxious weed when there must be something good about it.