Brule DNR reportSpring has sprung in the Northland. Grass is at the point where homeowners are out mowing lawns, and dandelions are popping up through the grass ... time to break out the dandelion recipes.
By: Wisconsin DNR-Brule, Superior Telegram
Spring has sprung in the Northland. Grass is at the point where homeowners are out mowing lawns, and dandelions are popping up through the grass ... time to break out the dandelion recipes.
According to the wild food cookbook “For Soul and Kitchen,” by Alma Christensen, the best way to control dandelions is to eat them. Almost every part of the plant has nutritious value, from the tap root to the blossom.
“This consists of coffee (taproot), salad (crown), potherb and salad (leaves), pickle or fritters (buds) and wine or garnish on a salad,” Christensen writes.
Dandelion are rich in iron vitamin C, thiamine and vitamin A.
Other flowers now in bloom are bloodroot, marsh marigold, common purple violet, anemone and buffaloberry.
Birds returning to the area include brown thrasher, Savannah sparrows and yellow-rumped, black and white, and black-throated green warblers. Get outside to see and hear these new arrivals.
Upland game birds such as grouse, turkeys and woodcock are incubating eggs. Geese have been incubating eggs for a couple of weeks now. The goslings should be hatching in about 10 more days.
Ravens are fledging in the Bois Brule Campground. They certainly look grown up, but they are not able to fly more a few feet at a time. They also do not get out of the way along the roads very quickly, so they are in high danger of being hit by cars. People often question whether these birds are sick, as they do not act like a typical adult raven would; however, they are just young ravens learning about their new world.