Tuesday, April 10, 2012
I go for a walk almost every morning and spring has come to NJ - in fact most of the trees have flowered and have leaves already. We had a very warm March this year. What I noticed today was the large number of dandelions out - I swear if we had a nuclear war dandies would survive and probably thrive. I know they are a nuisance but they are rather colorful sitting all over the green grass - especially a large field - the yellow is so bright against the green. This image is my tribute to the dandelion - created in Photoshop elements.
While many people think of the dandelion as a pesky weed, herbalists consider it a valuable herb that can be used as a food and medicine. Dandelion is a rich source of vitamins A, B complex, C, and D, as well as minerals such as iron, potassium, and zinc. Dandelion leaves are used to add flavor to salads, sandwiches, and teas. The roots are used in some coffee substitutes, and the flowers are used to make wines.