Madeline was first to notice the burst of sunshine in the yard this weekend.

They literally must have popped up overnight, because I swear they weren’t there the day before…

I love how kids always get SOO excited about dandelions — all year long, they  never tire of them. They pick them, rub the yellow coloring on themselves or whatever else is close by, they pull apart the petals, they collect bouquet after bouquet to brighten someone’s day…..they make wishes and blow the dried bits into the heavens….they revel in the dandelion.

Yet most of the grown ups in town have lost that excitement and curse whatever dots of gold dare show their blooms in their meticulous lawn.   They go after them with a vengeance.

Ahhhh…I think I’ll stick with the untarnished kids way of thinking on this one…The Beschen household chose to CELEBRATE the spring arrival of these cheery golden beauties……(which Madeline thought was hilarious).  Thankfully, she gets a kick out of all the crazy things we try out at our house.  Her and I went around the yard, harvested a good sized batch and ate them with dinner.

Dandelion Fritters were the delicacy of choice.

We cut away any stems and rinsed the heads, dried them off and dipped ’em in batter.

I then quickly cooked them in some hot grapeseed oil.  (doesn’t that sound better than,  I ‘fried’ them?::))

Jon and Madeline gave our Saturday night appetizer the thumbs up and we will now be on to bigger and better things…They were actually very tasty and quite PRETTY.  — (granted, I could’ve dipped just about anything in that batter, fried it and it would’ve tasted good…but it was an easy starting point…we got a good taste of the dandelion and had some fun just working through harvesting them and prepping them as an ‘edible’)  They liked them drizzled with a bit of maple syrup the best.  I’m going to play with the basic batter recipe I used…it was kind of ‘dead’.   Needed some spice!

I tossed the leftover blooms in the dehydrator to start building my ‘dried’ supply — (it takes a lot to get a little) and will also play around with all the adventurous ways to use the greens.

A new ‘crop’….can you imagine?  (They’re certainly plentiful and when you put them to good use like this, it could certainly change how people look at them in their own yards)

Yep, it’s these little things that make life fun and maybe a bit smarter, eh?!

Cheers to the DANDELION!

michele.

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  9. Keith says:

    I have a soon to be 3 year old, and this looks so cool. I would caution everyone, be careful when picking from yards that could have been directly or indirectly sprayed with any kind of weed killer. That might not be too healthy.

  10. Carol says:

    I love to see them in my yard, too. They are one of the first sources of nectar for bees in the Spring. They also make a beautiful colored water. I sometimes just soak them in water and use the water in a vase as a decoration. I think you can dye with them as well, but I have never done it.

  11. Patti S. says:

    What kind of vitamins, etc. do dandelions have? I never knew you could eat them. Brillant!

  12. michele beschen says:

    Once you get going on something, it’s fun to try ’em all, isn’t it? ….Eddie…It was just a basic flour/egg/water/bp/bs/type of batter…but it was just kind of blah for some reason…a bean flour would’ve been better…with more seasonings/herbs, maybe…

  13. Donna Grimm says:

    i also remember the wine,candi .what i still do is dandelion leaves with onion………any way you cook it up………..now we put the flowers to use

  14. Candi Lewelling says:

    This sounded quite interesting. However, I cannot pass by a large dandelion patch without thinking of my Grampa’s homemade Dandelion Wine! LOL! It was quite potent! (and way too sweet!) But it “did the job” and was a novelty besides!

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