Pernicious or delicious?

Pernicious or delicious?

Dandelion debate begins anew with spring
If you go

The Dandelion Festival will be held from 1 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Rotary Park, behind Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 4031 at 1550 Main Ave. The event is free and will include music, maypole dancing, and local food and drinks with dandelions.

Dandelion Pesto

Ingredients
1 cup cashews, sunflower seeds or walnuts (soaked)
3 cups chopped dandelion (taraxacum officinale) greens
½ cup olive oil
1 cup garden herb like mint, basil or oregano
3 cups microgreens
3 cloves garlic
2 lemons, juiced
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup divine (purified) water
Method
Combine all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth.
Serving suggestions
Dandelion pesto is sensational over zucchini pasta. To prepare the pasta, use a hand-crank spiral slicer machine or a cheese shredder to magically make noodles from raw zucchini or other veggies (carrots, beets, pumpkins and yams make good pasta too). Pesto also can be used as a spread or a dip for almost anything. Get green and lively yourself!
Nearly any fresh herb will make a tasty pesto. Try making an all-wild pesto using just greens you find while foraging. Use dandelion and wild mint or wild mustard greens and wild onion; explore the combinations. Wild greens are some of the most mineral-rich foods on the planet. Just think: Those greens wanted to grow exactly where they did. The conditions for their own nourishment were perfect, and now they will pass these nutrients on to you.
Recipe courtesy of Turtle Lake Refuge.

Pernicious or delicious?

Katrina Blair, right, founder of Turtle Lake Refuge, accepts a gift of freshly harvested dandelions and other edible plants that will be prepared for lunch at Turtle Lake Refuge on East Third Avenue. To the left, Cara Moore uses makes dandelion pesto sauce.
Katrina Blair, founder of Turtle Lake Refuge, goes through a bowl of just-harvested dandelions and other edible plants that will be prepared for lunch at Turtle Lake Refuge on East Third Avenue.
A dandelion in full bloom next to a sidewalk in Durango.
Cody Looman, assistant brewer at Carver Brewing Co. displays a glass of Dandelion Saison Beer
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