Dandelion Blossoms

dandelions on table

Dandelions. For me growing up I thought they were cute little flowers that popped in the lawn. I hated when they turned to seed, I loved them when they were pretty yellow. Of course, we didn’t fertilize our lawn so they were everywhere.

You are starting to see more about dandelion health benefits these days, most notably with dandelion root tea. It is a tea that provides natural detoxification benefiting digestion and liver health.

So why dandelions? Why now? Well today is Mother’s Day and my mother passed about three months ago. I was sorting through books and came across this binder of recipes from my home county that belonged to my mother. There was date or year noted in the book but I am guessing it was circa late 1960s, early 1970s. My mother never contributed recipes to this cookbook but she referenced it quite a bit.

cookbook

Near the end of the book was this recipe for Dandelion Blossoms. I was taken aback, really dandelions?  I am sure my mother never attempted this recipe and we as kids, would’ve turn up our noses at it.

recipe

I did find Dandelion Fritter recipe. The website was a little more dainty with the dandelions than I was.

soak em

setting it up

fry em

long view of dish

close up of dish

Patty’s Points:

1) Make sure you don’t have allergies to dandelions before you eat them. ALSO make sure there are no fertilizers used in the area you pick your dandelions. You can also  grow them from seed  in your own backyard or indoors.

2) I used a Louisiana Fish Fry for the dry ingredient, lemon-spiced. I could barely tell I was eating dandelions. My husband ate one. My son thought they were mushrooms; I didn’t tell him any differently.

3)  My mother was fearless, in my eyes, when canning produce from the garden: pickled beets, cucumber relish, bread and butter pickles, and tomatoes. I admired that about her.  This recipe was adventurous for me. I’m sure my Dad would think I was a little crazy to eat dandelions. I probably won’t tell him I made these.

Happy Mother’s Day. I miss you Mom.

God took the fragrance of a flower, the majesty of a tree,

The gentleness of  morning dew, the calm of a quiet sea,

The beauty of the twilight hour, the soul of a starry night,

The laughter of a rippling brook, the grace of a bird in flight,

Then God fashioned from these things, 

A creation like no other,

And when His masterpiece was through,

He called it simply…Mother.

Herbert Farnham

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9 thoughts on “Dandelion Blossoms

  1. This was a sweet tribute to your mother. (I’m sorry for your loss and can’t imagine how difficult this Mother’s Day must have been for you.)

    I would say trying a recipe with dandelions is quite adventurous. I wouldn’t have told the menfolk what it was, either. It would’ve only resulting in instant dislike 🙂

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  2. What a beautiful way to remember your mother! I’m sure she would have been very touched. Thanks for sharing my dandelion wine recipe. The fritters look great, something I still need to try. So glad I discovered your blog!

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  3. can imagine the garden looking very pretty with the dandelions..

    What a lovely post dedicated to your mum.

    Love to see that you are having fun making dandelions fritters!

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  4. Thanks Janna. My son figured out they were dandelions later on but he didn’t seem to mind. You know anything fried tastes like fried mushrooms. Right?
    I hope you had a great Mother’s Day!

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  5. Thanks for your kind comments. My dad is still living and it helps to connect with my past through him. But my mom remembered many details that only mothers-daughters would appreciate.

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