Monday, June 20, 2011

A Rose By Any Other Name... Is A Dandelion

When I was a kid, I spent hours upon days upon seasons yanking dandelions (from the French word dentdelion, meaning lion's tooth) out of the family yard, since they are considered pesky weeds. In a field by the Hudson River, however, they are as beautiful as a rose... and utterly perfect in composition.

Mind you, it never occurred to me to eat them. The leaves and buds are considered edible in traditional Sephardic, Chiense and Korean cuisine, while those crazy green freaks in the northeastern U.S. use them in salads. I'll pass, thanks.