Children love to pick the flowers, gathering as many as their little hands can hold, then present them as a gift to moms or other loved ones. Adults love to tell children to make a wish, then blow on the puffy white seed heads to send them floating through the air. If you succeed in dispersing them all, your wish will come true they say. A more romantic version of the game is to whisper words of love for someone special into the white puff, then blow the seeds to carry the words to their ears.
Dandelion greens are part of Italian and French cuisines. Used in addition to salads and sautéed like spinach, they are added to risotto, frittatas and soups. The flowers are used make wine.
In the Language of Flowers, the dandelion means “faithful to you”. It also represents time and love.
When you see a bright yellow dandelion or puffy white seed head in your lawn, don’t be dismayed. Meditate instead on its meaning and reflect on how blessed you are.
|graphic by Maurice Pillard Verneuil|