Letter: Let the dandelions grow
Do you know that dandelion seeds were brought to this country from the Old World by early settlers and that pouches of dandelion seeds were stashed in the covered wagons as the settlers moved West? Do you know that dandelions have been highly prized and gathered for medicine and nutrition for over a thousand years in most parts of the world?
Lucky are those who have them growing abundantly in their pesticide-free lawns, because the flowers, leaves and roots provide protein, calcium, phosphorus, iron and vitamins A, B and C. Dandelions are valued for having more nutritional content than broccoli and spinach. In spring they offer the first fresh edible greens for humans as well as the first taste of nectar for bees and other pollinators. Dandelion-strewn lawns are a sign of a healthy and sustainable environment.
This article is provided as part of an ongoing education project of Transition Town Manchester.
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