It has been a week of all things dandelion in our house. First I made dandelion syrup with those bright yellow flowers and now I'm working on incorporating the dandelion greens into the food we eat. My son and I have spent many lazy mornings picking dandelion blossoms and leaves - it has been such fun for us!
However, the first time I started preparing those leaves for a meal, I felt a moment of trepidation. What if some noxious weed got mixed in with the greens? What if I didn't pick the right leaves? I felt uneasy, even though I know what dandelion greens looks like. It's a strange and exciting thing, wild foraging. The idea that the world can be our garden is tremendously exciting. The idea that we're more comfortable buying something wrapped in cellophane having no idea about its growing conditions or origin is strange indeed!
I encourage you to take a leap of faith in foraging some dandelion greens for your next meal, resting easy knowing that I went before you and have lived to tell the tale. They really are safe and delicious to eat!
Dandelion Greens & Eggs
1 cup dandelion greens, freshly picked, washed and chopped fine
3 Tblsp red onion, minced
dash of Herbamare or sea salt
dash of ground pepper
In a frying pan, on low heat, melt enough coconut oil (about 1 tablespoon) to sauté the red onion and greens in. In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, Herbamare and pepper. Once the onions look translucent and the greens wilted and soft, remove them and add to the egg mixture. Mix together and pour back into your frying pan and scramble until light and fluffy.
The greens are a tad bitter, so the scrambled egg dish pairs nicely with some fresh tomatoes, homemade salsa or a dollop of homemade ketchup!
Note: Look for dandelion plants that have not started to flower openly - they seem to have more tender leaves. Also, the red tinge in the stem of the greens seemed to color the eggs as they cooked slightly.
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