Dandelion and Nettle Harvest
I am fortunate to have a friend's farm open for my harvest of big, sprouting, beautiful dandelions and a perfect patch of yummy nettles. Have you seen dandelions growing on healthy farms vs trying to sprout in your lawn? These sweeties make my eyes go into sensory overload with their big YELLOW faces shining at the sun! I harvested a small amount to make into a batch of soap (aka Dandy Honeylion now available in my shop) ...
After filling my basket with dandelions, it was time to say hello to the sweet nettles of the farm. Where there are ladybugs, there are good, healthy nettles! :)
My son learned to pet nettles in his forest kindergarten school (stroke from the stem down the leaf gently), so each harvest season, I reach out and gently pet them to say hello and thank them for growing into our food. Nettles just want to be noticed! They poke you so you'll pay attention to them! I dry a portion to use in teas and then boil the rest to eat in soups. I then use the nettle tea in my soaps and will also grind some of the dried leaves into nettle powder to give a lovely green to my soaps.
If you are interested in learning more about the edible plants of the Pacific Northwest, one of my favorite books is Doug Benoliel's "Northwest Foraging". I refer to it often and there are some great recipes too. He gives a brief description of the plant, its habitat and edibility. From his book, he states that Dandelion (Taraxacum Officinale) is high in vitamins A and C and in potassium, iron, and phosphorus (p.73) ... As for stinging nettle (Urtica Dioica), they are high in iron, protein, and vitamin C (p.152) (remember to dry or cook them first!)
To wrap up this blog, here is a pic of my Dandy Honeylion soap, made from infusing dandelion flowers in olive oil and also making a tea from them. Give thanks to the plants that share our Earth <3