On one of my many trips of late to J-mart (think Home Depot in Japan and you'll have an idea) and local nurseries for the garden, I spotted these little guys for sale as I took my usual stroll through the plant section. (I can never resist at least a walk-through the flowers and vegetables, and invariably I come away with more than a few unplanned seedling and seed purchases.) Next to the broccoli, peas, and cabbages was a good-sized section of dandelions.
That's right - dandelions. The bane of most American gardeners and lawn fanatics they are sold here in Japan as an edible green. I almost bought some just because the sight of them made me smile and laugh out loud. They are certainly an edible wild plant, but most folks just want to dig them up to and eradicate them. A recent Wild Ones Forum ruminated on our childhood habit of blowing the seeds everywhere, and now having to dig them from restored meadows and other plantings. Despite the frustration of the member who started the discussion, this also made me smile. I used to love doing that!