On a recent hike with my husband and our friends, I noticed all the dandelions that were so very prolific in the countryside! They were everywhere and were such a brilliant yellow you almost needed sunglasses just to look at them! I mentioned to my husband that sometimes people pick wild dandelion leaves to make salads, tea and wine…and thought maybe it would be nice to take some leaves home with us to make salad. Well, he was horrified—literally horrified! He didn’t think I was serious! But I was…and he could only look at me as if I was crazy and tell me that here, only the very poorest people would even think of eating dandelion leaves!
Since my move to the
Another common ingredient in the States is celery. We use this in soups, stews, sauces…in so many things, even eating it raw. But not here—again, celery is considered only something that is fed to farm animals. They do have a similar tasting root vegetable here called celer, which turns out to be the root of the celery plant. Czechs don’t commonly use the stalks of the celery plant as we do in the
Petržel is also something that I had not heard of before. Upon doing a little research, I found that this is the parsnip! I guess we do have it in the States, but my family never ate it, and I truly had never seen parsnips till I moved here! To me, they look something like a mummified carrot! Parsnips/petržel is used in everything from soups and salads. I mostly use them in soup.
At first, I began calling these new veggies "weird veggies"; now these new vegetables don’t seem so strange—but I am still not able to understand why Czechs won’t eat dandelion leaves…what’s the difference between those and “weird” veggies? Well, I will not push the issue with any Czechs…and I have adapted to eating these new vegetables and even have grown to like them very much! This is part of the adventure of living in the
That’s all for now. You all have a great day!
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