Monday, September 26, 2016

Your Lawn Has Been Invaded by Foreigners

The dandelion is a foreigner, first imported to the U.S., from Europe, on the Mayflower.  Dandelions were seen as both a food crop and a medicinal cure-all. The leaves and roots are a relatively powerful diuretic that replaces the potassium and other trace minerals usually lost with the use of a diuretic.  The roots can be roasted to make a poor coffee substitute, and the young leaves can be eaten as a salad or pickled.  The name is French, and means "teeth of a lion" in reference to the serrated leaves.

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