A walk in the park…
every morning after breakfast has become a ritual. During the corona quarantine 2020, I really enjoyed the slower-paced mornings. Without everyone rushing out of the door, the tone of our home felt peaceful. The ability to get outside and walk together each day was my favorite part of the day. It was a joy during the strange and uncertain moments that plagued the world for two months. I will never forget how my heart sang when my daughter would take a deep breath in and say “ahh, isn’t nature great?” or “I really love to adventure”. These walks became a staple of our day and a wonderful opportunity to get fresh air, a break from the indoors, and a new perspective and adoration for something I was taken for granted all along: plants.
One of the most notable changes in our immediate surroundings was what happened when Sidi Bou Said stopped manicuring the park. Bees buzzed uninterrupted by weed whacking, and butterflies fluttered through the dandelions. Little worlds were everywhere and things grew like crazy. Even now, as life has mostly resumed to normal – the park remains unkept and I enjoy seeing how it evolves.
It started with fresh blooms and shoots growing high towards the sky, and has evolved to dried grass with Queen Anne’s lace taking over everything. It’s so wonderfully miraculous. Weeds became a point of interest, rather than something more than a nuisance, but something that was keeping our pollinators very content. And something that can be utilized when very abundant, like when the park hasn’t been mowed in months. I learned that dandelions are actually a wonderful edible plant that can be used in many ways. You can enjoy dandelion greens in your salad, use their flowers to make an oil for your homemade salves, or make a new family favorite: dandelion lemonade!
The benefits of dandelions:
From their root to their flower, dandelions are considered to be a highly nutritious plant. Dandelions can be eaten raw or cooked (or consumed in delicious lemonade!) and are an excellent source of vitamins A, C, and K. They also contain vitamin E, folate and small amounts of other B vitamins. And dandelion greens contain several minerals, including iron, calcium, magnesium, and potassium. Dandelions are often thought to improve skin health and provide relief for cramps and aches.
What we used in this recipe:
We added this delicious raw wildflower honey into our lemonade for a beautiful flavor infusion, however you can add any type of honey you desire! I have since made dandelion lemonade with lavender-infused honey and it was what dreams are made of! Get creative, and feel free to add other herbs and edible flowers. If you get creative or drink this lemonade recipe, I’d love to know about it! tag me on instagram at #recipes.and.rituals or @recipes.and.rituals so I can share your beautiful creations.
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