Letter: Flower power, Carbondale style
Right here in our Roaring Fork Valley, Carbondale is about to celebrate its 14th annual Dandelion Day on May 10. Because Carbondale is the first town in North America to have its downtown Sopris Park registered as being “organic” as well as having the town declare the dandelion as its official town flower, we are known as the Dandy Town by countries around the world.
The dandelion, being a vegetable plant around the world over the past 500 to 1,000 years, also is known as one of the few plants that are completely edible:
• The yellow flower has more vitamin A per unit volume than any other world plant.
• The stem can be eaten or used as a salve for most skin problems.
• The leaves have more magnesium mineral per unit volume than any other green vegetable. Plant blood is green due to chlorophyll. Animal blood is red due to hemoglobin. They are both interchangeable.
• The roots, when grated and roasted, have been known for centuries around the world as the No. 1 coffee substitute, and with no caffeine!
So Carbondale uses dandelions, on May 10, to start the 10 a.m. parade down Main Street to the Seventh Street Sopris-Dandy Park, and then your wonder park will be filled with many dandy booths covering foods, dandelion cookings, clothes, arts and artists, toys, kids games and dandy T-shirts. There will be happy and organic music on the park stage for most of the day. We also will have a world-class compost competition going on along with a wonderful beer booth that includes our own local Roaring Fork Beer Co., which will have kegged beers including dandelion flowers in one lighter type and roasted dandelion roots in its heavier-type beer.
Wow, happy Dandy Days and fun excitement in Carbondale and the USA.
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