Thinking Upside Down and Backwards a“Pissenlit” Supporter!!

April 11, 2010 at 7:42 pm 19 comments

Picking Dandelions – Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot (1796–1875

There is an old saying we English have about the Irish ( please no holy wars “I” didn’t make this up )

“They think all upside down and backwards”

So some may think I have some Irish lurking somewhere with my thinking- I admit to being “green” 😉
I watch eagerly the first sign of spring -for me it is DANDELIONS – I love them . I like their little sunny golden heads popping up without a care. Chop them off and they still come back, their downy soft seeds will blow and procreate ( thankfully for me ) on my neighbor’s lawns no matter how many times they are treated.


I have always loved Dandelions. I used to collect armfuls of them as a child. My mum called them “wet the beds” a term that comes from the French :

The name Dandelion comes from the French “Dente de Lyon” or “Lion’s tooth”, so named because of their jagged tooth-like appearance. The French now call them “Pissenlit” meaning “wet the bed.”

Maybe it was because the Europeans “introduced” this plant to North America , that is right this “weed” you all hate ( well most of you) was introduced by the first settlers . You see they were needed in this new world for their unique properties.

When the Mayflower arrived in 1620, there were no dandelions in North America. By 1671, they were everywhere. They were introduced to America by European immigrants whose cultures used dandelions as part of their regular diet.

We waste the Dandelions, berate the Dandelions do everything we can to kill the Dandelions…. well ever heard that Mother ( Nature) knows best???

There are so many wonderful things that Dandelions can give us , they are great “food” ( check out these recipes) for us and the bees,

Most of the important bee plants in the northeast are wildflowers. Of these, probably the single most valuable early spring wildflower is the dandelion. If a hive survives the winter, beekeepers know the bees will be safe from starvation if they can stay alive until dandelions bloom.

you can have coffee , tea and wine. Even more important is their medicinal value

Dandelion is a natural diuretic that increases urine production by promoting the excretion of salts and water from the kidney. Dandelion may be used for a wide range of conditions requiring mild diuretic treatment, such as poor digestion, liver disorders, and high blood pressure. Dandelion is a source of potassium, a nutrient often lost through the use of other natural and synthetic diuretics.

Fresh or dried dandelion herb is also used as a mild appetite stimulant and to improve upset stomach (such as feelings of fullness, flatulence, and constipation). The root of the dandelion plant is believed to have mild laxative effects and is often used to improve digestion. Research suggests that dandelion root may improve the health and function of natural bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract. Studies have also reported that dandelion root may help improve liver and gallbladder function.

Some preliminary animal studies also suggest that dandelion may help normalize blood sugar levels and improve lipid profiles (lowering total cholesterol and triglycerides while increasing HDL, “good,” cholesterol) in diabetic mice.


The exact details concerning growing and harvesting the plants, such as how many inches apart and when they should be planted, are still being worked out, but the researchers expect that within a few years the processing plant in Ohio could produce about 20 million tons of rubber annually.


Scientists from Ohio State University’s Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) and the Ohio BioProducts Innovation Center (OBIC) recently received a $3 million grant to design and build a processing plant that would turn sticky white dandelion root sap into quality rubber for less money than current methods, say the scientists.

Protect the Dandelion!!!!! Stop stomping out Dandelions -you never know you might need them!


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  • 1. Dennis Lamont  |  April 11, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    I am amused when (once in a blue moon) I sit in an upscale restaurant consuming my gourmet salad with not only arugala (that to my warped taste buds tastes like peanuts) but a healthy dose of young dandelion and beet greens(nona’s granville). It might be a little too late, because you have to catch them before they bloom, but I have had my dandelion salad for the year, with olive oil and wine vinegar.

    My late aunt’s dandelion wine was good for a family Sunday as it lubricated the jaw joints quite well.

    I could use a grant (several million anyhow) to plant dandelions in the streetcar right-of-way for healthier public transportation …and a few barrels in the carbarn for festivals. We want to be part of what the state is doing!!!!!

  • 2. Ngaire  |  April 11, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    How topical is this subject for me! I have recently been showing my 4 year old granddaughter how to blow the head of a dandelion and give the ‘fairies’ a chance to dance and float in the breeze – she loves it of course. And I reminded her mummy of the old wives tale “if you pick a dandelion in flower, then you’ll wet the bed”
    Dandelion wine is quite delicious by the way!

  • 3. thatwoman  |  April 12, 2010 at 12:31 am

    Dennis I think we could possibly become the Dandelion Captial a unique identity …. I know it would garner community effort harvesting all the Dandelions from peoples front yards….. a plant out by the old Ford plant to process Dandelion rubber, hey we could even ship out of the Ford Plant….we have so much growing space around here ….don’t laugh “SOMEONE” somewhere will make millions ( even in studies ) 🙂 but this is totally a renewable resource and think what we could do spreading the seeds via the wind turbines, give them another job to do besides making energy ….. think about it 🙂 and that isn’t even touching upon the wine making and the health aspects…..

  • 4. thatwoman  |  April 12, 2010 at 12:33 am

    Ngaire do you mean to tell me those settlers in Tasmania also brought over the dreaded pissenlits to Australia as well 🙂

  • 5. Anne Molnar  |  April 12, 2010 at 1:54 am

    Thanks for the information on dandelions. Very interesting. I will research in the library for more of it’s uses.The dandeloin wine makes alot of sence as a diuretic. Beter than the pills.
    The buds from the camomile bush brewed makes a great tea. I drink a cup every day. Very soothing for the nerves, and for persons with tummy disorders. Many Moms gave it to their babies with colic. It works, it’s a natural remedy.
    The tea bags are ok, but the buds are more effective when brewed. This can be bought at the health store.

  • 6. Dennis Lamont  |  April 12, 2010 at 11:30 am

    1. I am applying for a grant to develop a dandelion picker attachment for a lawnmower.
    2. The bagged dandelions will be placed in special yellow recyclable bags on your treelawn
    3. The automated garbage truck will weigh each bag and give the homeowner credit on their bill
    4. All unused industrial park land will be replanted in dandelions and harvested accordingly.
    5. Dandelion planting can be used to salvage land that cannot be used for farming and the large deep roots make them drought- proof.
    6. My next grant application will be to determine the nutritional values of dandelion seeds. Dandebread
    7. The seeds can be easily collected by large nets placed downwind of the windmill farm.
    8. We will be soliciting recipes for distalfinks that will flock to the site … new for the international.
    9. DandeTires made with raw material collected in Lorain will be produced by Cooper Tire in Findlay and will be an eyecatcher with their yellow sidewalls.
    10 All this will be handled through Lamont Consulting Inc.

  • 7. thatwoman  |  April 12, 2010 at 11:44 am

    Sounds like a “Business Plan” 😉

    II would like to come on board as Director of Marketing I believe we the “Purporters of Pissenlits” could very well turn around this economy of this town… This renewable resource is there for the picking 🙂

  • 8. Lisa  |  April 12, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    And your company mascot should be a puckwudget 😉

  • 9. Loraine Ritchey  |  April 12, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    Good thinking as no one begrudges the little puckwudggies a handful of apples and a pocketfull of nuts

  • 10. Gary Fischer  |  April 12, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    Dandy Tires, I can see them now.sometimes… the answer my friend is blowin in the wind.

  • 11. Dennis Lamont  |  April 13, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    And, of course, I forgot to mention that the Lorain Street Railway & Railroad was known as the “Yellow” Line … ask the ole-timer nearest you ….. we would of course have a big Dandy Line painted on the sides of the cars.

    Take a peek at page 20 of the AARP Bulletin ….. and answer the question YES!

  • 12. Lisa  |  April 14, 2010 at 11:24 am

    Hey – this could be the beginning of a whole new summer festival! A parade, dandelion cuisine, crafts, a Dandy King & Queen. Maybe even a costume contest!

  • 13. Loraine Ritchey  |  April 14, 2010 at 11:27 am

    It would be just Dandeeeeeeeeeeeeee 🙂

    I went to the LPA meeting last night and maybe I will present them with a proposal I have to check with OHio State and see where they are on the project first….. 🙂

  • 14. Lisa  |  April 14, 2010 at 11:27 am

    See – I should Google first:

    Why not us? There’s an abundance of local wineries that could get in on it, too.

  • 15. thatwoman  |  April 14, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    Of course further research shows that the Russian Dandelion has a better rubber yield than our Dandelions SIGH!!!!!

  • 16. Paula Tobias  |  May 18, 2010 at 11:44 am

    Saw this in the PD today

  • 17. Loraine Ritchey  |  May 18, 2010 at 11:51 am

    Hmmmmmmm wonder what nationality my dandelions are – The Russians may have the last word yet on the fuel situation.remember you heard it here first…. 🙂

  • 18. thatwoman  |  May 28, 2010 at 11:05 am

    SEEEEEEEEE I am not the only one and the PD has it covered

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