Dandelion Tea

We set out this morning to harvest a few dandelions from our fenced acre.
Wanting to make our own dandelion tea. After washing and separating the leaves from the root, we decided to try the leaf and flowers first. Using hot (not boiling) water, we seeped the leaves and flowers for about 20 minutes. Strained the liquid and served it up to both Steven and I. The taste was somewhat bland, however not a bad taste at all. I think I will add in some fennel seeds and ginger root next time.

Dandelions
Dandelions picked from the yard.

Some might think of dandelion as a pesky weed, but maybe that’s because they haven’t been introduced to the herbal powers of this humble-looking little flower. Let’s take a moment to peek inside the tea bag and get to the root of what makes Dandelion Root tea so special.

Dandelion is used for loss of appetite, upset stomach, intestinal gas, gallstones, joint pain, muscle aches, eczema, and bruises. Dandelion is also used to increase urine production and as a laxative to increase bowel movements. It is also used as skintoner, blood tonic, and digestive tonic.

Some people use dandelion to treat infection, especially viral infections, and cancer.

In foods, dandelion is used as salad greens, and in soups, wine, and teas. The roasted root is used as a coffee substitute.

Just as a common-seeming little backyard flower can pack an impressive wallop of herbal power, a cup of tea can provide far more than just good taste and warmth.

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Healthy Potatoes

Another reason to grow your own food or buy organic.

I just want to say that it is not a very good sign to buy a potato, set it in the window and wait for it to grow eyes so you can plant it, and nothing grows. I have never seen a potato that would not grow eyes. It sat in the window for at least three weeks, nothing happened, it did not grow and it did not rot. What is wrong with this picture.
I for one do not want to eat a potato that has so many chemicals added to it that is lasts that long and you can not plant it and grow more. Why would anyone want to put that in their body or feed it to their children?

Purple Russian and Yukon Potatoes
Purple Russian and Yukon Potatoes in a pottery bowl on the Deck.

First, most potatoes in the grocery store have been treated with a sprout-inhibitor that prevents the potatoes’ eyes from developing while in storage and on the shelf. Seed potatoes are NEVER treated with sprout inhibitors.
For nearly 50 years, chloropropham, or CIPC, has been considered the standard anti-sprouting agent. But today, the future of the compound is uncertain. Due to health concerns, the U.S. EPA has classified CIPC as a carbamate and has placed increasingly strict limits on the amount of CIPC residue that can remain on potatoes sold to consumers. Other countries have established even stricter limits on residue levels-some have even imposed zero tolerance policies.

Chlorpropham is moderately toxic by ingestion (2). It may cause irritation of the eyes or skin (2). Symptoms of poisoning in laboratory animals have included listlessness, incoordination, nose bleeds, protruding eyes, bloody tears, difficulty in breathing, prostration, inability to urinate, high fevers, and death. Autopsies of animals have shown inflammation of the stomach and intestinal lining, congestion of the brain, lungs and other organs, and degenerative changes in the kidneys and liver.

Read more about what’s on your potatoes.

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