THIS MORNING, while researching dandelions, I found myself face to face with Clara Cannucciari — a 94-year-old woman who, in a series of webcasts, describes and prepares the food her family ate during the Great Depression. “The dandelion was a good meal to have during the depression because it was free and it’s good for you,” she says. Watch this episode, and then tell me if you feel inspired to keep, not eliminate, the dandelions in your yard.
Of course, if you’ve used any chemicals on your lawn, you must not eat your dandelions. Why? Because they can make you sick. But if your yard has been maintained organically, as mine has, then your dandelions and other edible “weeds” (including purslane) are perfectly safe to consume.
Clara has made me see the dandelions in my yard in a brand new light. How about you?
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