Photo by: Marjorie MyselfNi on Resurrection Sunday 2019 at my Mothers
When I begin to see the dandelion among the wild violets in the Spring, I instantly remember Appalachian childhood memories. My Great Grandmother, Grandmother and Mother would use both of these plants in meals. My Great Grandmother would have the violets as part of a foraged salad that she would have on her table in the Spring when we would visit. My Grandmother and Mother would have me help gather the dandelion Spring leaves (the best time to eat them, when they are less bitter). After a mess (skillet filled) was gathered they would cook it with bacon remnants and grease. Very good and supplied free every Spring. Not to mention, some of the other dandelion uses; wine, jelly and tea.
Photo by: Marjorie MyselfNi
Not only do the bees feed off the dandelion nectar but it is a favorite of ants as well.
“Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.” (NIV Bible)