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Spring Newsletter – Recipe Edition

Spring is in the air!

First off, we’d like to share a recipe that is decidedly spring! This recipe comes from local Seattle cookbook author Mickey Trescott. Dandelion greens are a lovely spring detox herb. You can find your own by foraging, or if you’re short on time check your local grocery store. As always if you are foraging for your own herbs, make sure you’ve correctly identified your plant! Make sure you have true Dandelion and not Hairy Cat’s Ear.

Dandelion Pesto
Author: Mickey Trescott
Serves: ½ cup

INGREDIENTS
1 large bunch dandelion greens
1 handful cilantro or mint leaves
½ cup olive oil (with an extra ¼ cup optional)
3 cloves garlic, peeled
½ teaspoon sea salt
½ lemon, juiced

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Wash the dandelion greens in a colander, removing any leaves or stems that are expired or wilted.
2. Place in a food processor with the herbs, olive oil, garlic, sea salt and lemon. Process until desired consistency is reached, adding additional olive oil if the mixture is too thick.
3. Use stirred into soups, eaten on plantain crackers, or mixed with stir-fried vegetables.

For more of Mickey Trescott’s recipes please check out her website by clicking the button below or come on in to Blossom for a copy of her amazing cookbook, The Nutrient Dense Kitchen. Happy cooking!

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So you are ready to get all culinary or medicinary with Dandelions (Taraxacum officinale). Most of us grew up with a plethora of them around and we’re pretty sure we know what one is. But did you know that they are often mistaken with another plant named Hairy Cat’s Ear (Hypochaeris radicata)? So how do we tell these two plants apart? How do we know we have true Dandelion? 

Dandelion Characteristics

-Flower stocks form from a basal rosette 

-One flower head per stock

-Stock is hollow and exudes a milky white substance

-Leaves are shallowly lobed or jaggedly toothed, smooth, and are NOT hairy

-Bloom earlier in in the year (Spring Months)

-Large light to dark brown taproot 

Hairy Cat’s Ear Characteristics

-Flower stocks form from a basal rosette

-Often multiple flowers heads per stock (branched)

-Stock is solid and exudes a more brownish milky substance 

-Leaves have rounded lobes and are thicker and HAIRY

-Bloom later in the year (Summer Months)

-Similar to but not a true taproot, fleshy

Need to read more? The very best book for plant identification in our area is Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast, Polar/MacKinnon

Dandelion
Hairy Cat’s Ear

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