Dandelion: Friend or Foe?

Dandelions. It depends if you’re a bee of other pollinator I guess. Some people eat and drink them. They’re nutritious and have been used in many cultures as medicine for healing. Lots of homeowners can’t stand the sight of a dandelion in their yard. They spray weed killer and try to eliminate them from their lawn. Others dig them out. But Dandelion roots “produce a strong taproot that is capable of penetrating the soil to a depth of 10 to 15 feet, but it is most commonly 6 to 18 inches deep” That’s deep.

Here’s an article with seven reason to not kill dandelions.

And another article with ten things you didn’t know about dandelions

A Dandelion in my front yard

From Dandelion Salad, cookies, syrup, wine to Fried Dandelion Roots, Dandelion Vinegar, there are plenty of recipes out there including Dandelion Jelly. I’ve seen a Dandelion Sausage for sale. You can purchase A box of Dandelion leaf and root tea if you don’t want to harvest dandelions yourself.

So whether or not you want to taste them, how do you feel about dandelions?

9 thoughts on “Dandelion: Friend or Foe?

  1. I don’t want to eat them, but I love seeing them pop up in our yard. Their bright sunny faces cheer me up. We don’t kill them. Of course, we live in the country and have over 2 acres of yard.

  2. I’m not a fan. But I do give them kudos for being incredibly resilient – and for securing some great PR along the way. 😉

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