Shameful Plug: Yes, from time to time I plug my business. Here is a link to our first app.
Android App: Edible Wild Plant Guide
Kindle App: Edible Wild Plant Guide
It's only $.99 get it while its hot. I plan on adding more plants as the year goes by and they come in season. It's a great way to start identifying wild plants
One of the essential skills that all renaissance man is the ability to feed himself. This week I want to talk about dandelions. All parts of a dandelion are edible. And I have to admit, the jelly made from it is delicious.
Flowers: I'm sure most everybody has seen a dandelion or one of it's look a likes. The flower is yellow in color, and looks like a mini sun. They grow on a stalk close to the ground. This is how to tell a true dandelion from it's neighbors. The flower will always be close to the ground on a stalk all by itself. As the flower gets pollinated, the stalk will grow seemingly over night, and turn into a giant puffball of seeds. I know as kids we used to blow them and make wishes. The flowers are edible raw, can be cooked, added to many dishes to add color, and of course, my favorite way is to make jelly. Since I don't have an original recipe, I will leave it up to the user to search the web for a recipe that seems easy to use. I did, and they are pretty simple to make. One thing I am planning on trying next year is to make wine out of them.
As you can see the dandelion is a great food for survival, but can also find it's way as a great addition to your kitchen table. They are packed full of nutrients, and lets face it, they are dead easy to grow. So the next time you're in the backyard, don't pull out the weed killer, but look at it as an easy to gather food.