Why? Because you can! And pickle, and jam, or otherwise celebrate the resurgence of the domestic arts our forebears held so dear. Put on your best apron and step into our kitchen, won't you?
Using a basic dehydrator or just air drying are two more methods of preserving our foraged bounty to use all year long.
When life gives you dandelions, make dandelion-infused vodka martinis!
Dandelions are a natural liver cleanse and are full of essential minerals such as iron, potassium and beta-carotene, and vitamins A, C, and D, as well as many micronutrients like copper and zinc. Here is a recipe for Roasted Dandelion Root tea!
Much of what's underfoot this time of year--tender young dandelion, sharp wild garlic, even forsythia blossoms--is edible.