National Dandelion Day
About National Dandelion Day
When is National Dandelion Day? This holiday is always celebrated on April 5
Today is National Dandelion Day. Aren’t you glad there is a special holiday to celebrate them!? This April 5 holiday allows us to see the better side of this flower and edible vegetable.
When you look at a Dandelion, what do you see? A flower, a vegetable, or a weed? Well, it’s all a matter of personal perspective. In the eyes of a child, dandelions produce beautiful flowers to bring home to mom. And, Mom thinks a dandelion is the most beautiful flower in the universe when her child presents them to her.
Any plant as versatile and durable as the dandelion certainly deserves a special day set aside to honor it. Even many gardeners think of it only as a weed. We all know of dandelions as weeds in our lawns. But dandelions are oh so much more than just a weed. More knowledgeable gardeners know better. Dandelion leaves are edible and are savored in soups and salads. It is rich in vitamins A, B, C, and D. Dandelions are used in making wine and for tea, too. Native Americans used it for medicinal purposes.
You can celebrate National Dandelion Day in many ways. Eat your lawn…..use this special day to introduce yourself to the joys of eating dandelions. However, it is taboo to pull dandelions or treat them like a weed today.
Caution: Do not use dandelions for food that come from treated lawns.
How to Celebrate National Dandelion Day
It is very easy to celebrate this food holiday:
- Have a dandelion salad.
- Drink some dandelion wine.
- Pick some dandelion flowers and give them to mom or nana.
- Explore what other weeds are edible. Then, give them a try.
“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.’ Lao Tzu
History and Origin of National Dandelion Day
Our research did not find the creator, or the origin of this day. As we continue to search for him or her, we hope you give this flower, vegetable and weed all of the honor and respect that is due.
This is referred to as a “National” day. However, we did not find any congressional records or presidential proclamations for this day.
Definition of “National” Days – and why it is important to distinguish true National days.
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