Three months of being away = a very weedy garden
When we got back to Peru, we returned to a garden full of raspberries and weeds. We enjoyed eating the raspberries straight off and bush and adding them to smoothies, but what do I do with all that green stuff? I mean, the dandelions, thistle, plantain, and dock and more. They had three months to grow uninterrupted and were strong and mighty and prolific. A few years ago, I only saw them as ugly invasive weeds and I dug them all up and threw them onto the compost pile right away. That was before I knew about the health power of wild invasives.
The Mighty Green Weeds
Dandelions are some of the healthiest greens around. And, they’re all around! In your yard and garden, along roads and pathways, in fields. Here’s a list of their benefits:
Ayurveda is all About Embracing What’s Seasonal - Balance the Heat of Summer with Bitter Greens
Bitter greens like dandelions grow abundantly all summer long and their bitter flavor is exactly what is needed to balance the heat of summer. According to Ayurveda, like increases like, and it’s opposite reduces. So, hot salsa will make you feel hotter, but bitter greens like dandelions will actually cool you off.
What To Do with all those Dandelions
You can enjoy dandelions all summer long and include them in your breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Here’s some ways to enjoy dandelions:
Enjoy your summer bitters!
Annie Barrett. Educator, certified health coach yoga instructor.