I was cleaning out the sides of my garden last night and came across a big batch of dandelions. If you recall, I recently posted a recipe for dandelion greens. When I figured the nutritional information for them, I was shocked. Here are the good points given to me by the site I use to analyze recipes:
Low in sugar
High in calcium
High in dietary fiber
High in iron
High in manganese
High in potassium
High in riboflavin
High in thiamin
Very high in vitamin A
High in vitamin B6
Very high in vitamin C
As I cleaned out the batch of these “weeds” last night, I started thinking.
Isn’t God amazing? When you come out of a long, cold, frozen winter with little to no regional fresh fruits and vegetables, as soon as the ground thaws, all around these “weeds” pop up. Weeds that in one serving contain 232% of your recommended daily allowance of Vitamin A, 67% of your Vitamin C, 22% of Calcium, 20% of iron, and a host of other amazing nutritional benefits.
Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’:
“Cursed is the ground for your sake;
In toil you shall eat of it
All the days of your life.
Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you,
And you shall eat the herb of the field.
In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread
Till you return to the ground,
For out of it you were taken;
For dust you are,
And to dust you shall return.” ~Genesis 3:17-19
While you’re breaking the ground, tilling the earth, planting seeds, watering, babying, weeding, and praying, all around is an abundance of nutrition that is ready-made, requires no help from you, and will even come up through a sidewalk crack if it has to.
He provides a blast of nutrition from a simple, resilient weed as we work the ground for even more sustainable provision.
“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? ~Matthew 6:25-26
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