Wonderful meadows packed with yellow dandelions can be found throughout the Burren in late Spring. Their distinctive fluffy seed heads or “clocks” make a beautiful sight particularly in evening sunlight
Unmistakable bright yellow flowering heads familiar to all. Closer investigation reveals a collection 0f 100-200 strap shaped florets which are borne on hollow stems. The deeply lobed leaves form a basal rosette. This leaf shape gives rise to the French name dent- du- lion (lion’s teeth) from which the plant takes its common name.
Wonderful meadows packed with yellow dandelions can be found throughout the Burren in late Spring. Their distinctive fluffy seed heads or “clocks” make a beautiful sight particularly in evening sunlight.
‘Her treading would not bend a blade of grass
Or shake the downy blow-ball from his stalk…
Ben Jonson, The Sad Shepard, I, i
Medicinal Uses and other points of interest:
Today many regard dandelion as a garden nuisance. This was not always the case.
Dandelion was highly respected for its powerful medicinal uses by our Irish ancestors. Leaves were used as a diuretic and the roots offered effective liver support. Used for rheumatic ailments, colds, coughs, jaundice, digestive disorders, heart and skin conditions, it was considered by the Irish as a ‘cure all’.
Young leaves can be gathered, blanched and eaten in salads. A fantastic source of vitamin A, C and B.
The dried and roasted roots can be used as a coffee substitute.
Dandelion flowers provide good ingredients for delicious wine
One of my favourite things to make is dandelion flower syrup.
Here is a link to my recipe if you would like to make this delicious honey like delight.
I love the sight of meadows filled with Dandelions on a bright sunny day. Although we avoided picking dandelions as children for fear of bedwetting, little did we know that they are in fact a very effective diuretic!. Dandelions provide all important food for early Spring pollinators. Each year I try to make some dandelion flower syrup, a delicious and nutritious sweetener for drinks, food and in baking.