This is a wonderful story about nature preservation. It could easily be described with the following quote I found here :Nature provides a free lunch, but only if we control our appetites. ~William Ruckelshaus, Business Week, 18 June 1990
Having said that, you can probably imagine what the story is about, dandelions and preservation.
Christopher is a friendly little guinea pig who saves the day after his hungry greedy town goes through a dandelion total wipe out. Even though it is extremely unlikely that we run out of dandelions one day, it clearly gives children an idea of where plants (even weeds) come from. It especially gave us a lot to talk about; seeds, leaves, roots. It made A so curious about the way in which dandelions could be turned into soup, juice and tea. I had to google a lot of information for him and he got so excited with the idea of growing his very own dandelions that he is now waiting for his “future crop” to give him enough leaves to make soup. For the ones who haven’t read about it in earlier posts, A planted around 120 seeds that we counted on a single head of dandelion he picked on our way from school.
So far we have tried tea, but apparently there is a bunch of other uses for the leaves, flowers and roots. With medicinal and nutritional properties, no wonder Timmy (A’s hamster) looks so healthy. They are packed with vitamins and minerals. So now you know some of the culinary uses you could give to those sometimes unwelcome “weeds”.
And after talking about the different parts of plants and the so many uses for them, I explained to A that while dandelion seeds are not used for tea, many other seeds are, like the ones I so often have in the morning:
Aniseed; great when waking up
I just need to put 1 teaspoon of seeds in a tea-strainer, pour boling water and wait 2-5 mins Couldn’t be more practical!
I have sometimes fennel tea with our lunch as it aids digestion
Even W knows where her herbal tea is coming from 🙂
As for the night-time tea, I like having lavender tea, but that’s talking flowers, so I will have to tell you all about pink lavender tea when we dedicate a week to our petaled friends.