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Cooking with Carosi, Country Fried Dandelions with Smoky MILF Ranch, By Chef Sebastian

The dandelion. Yeah, you know, that bright yellow flower better known as a nuisance. It’s probably one of the most common and recognizable varieties of edible weeds in the botanical kingdom today.

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The dandelion. Yeah, you know, that bright yellow flower better known as a nuisance. It’s probably one of the most common and recognizable varieties of edible weeds in the botanical kingdom today.

Just take a look in either your front or your back yard- they’re there. The name dandelion comes from the French term dent de lion or “lions’ tooth”. It has a multitude of other not so common English names such as: blow ball, cankerworm, milk witch, Irish daisy, lion’s teeth, monks’ head, priests’ crown, puffball, face clock, and the best one of them all – piss a bed or pee the bed (it’s an effective diuretic).

The entire plant is edible. A powerhouse of dense nutrition, comparable to most so-called super foods such as spinach and kale which has been used as a culinary pot herb, salad green and medicinal plant throughout Europe since the Roman times.

My grandfather was from Abruzzo, Italy and loved dandelion greens and wine. Most ethic explorers brought dandelions to North America for use as food and medicine. Despite its deep-rooted history as a glorious culinary green, in our day the dandelion has become suburbia’s worst enemy. Even with this yard-wide negative shift it is still considered a great source of food, beverage, and medicine to many that immigrated to the Americas.

Harvested year around in mild climates, rich in potassium, vitamin A, vitamin D, Iron, Zinc, and contains more Iron and Calcium than that go-to garden green, spinach. The raw leaves of dandelion are super bitter, that is why my Italian grandfather loved them raw, boiled, stewed, sautéed, and especially braised in a little balsamic vinegar.

Eating the crowns and flowers raw in salads or crispy tempura fried, have to be my go-to dandelion preparations. These nice sized dandelion fritters are in a very light and lacy tempura style batter, making these party poppers hard to keep up with! It makes me feel proud to have weeded my neighbours’ yard of the most useful wild edible weeds known to man.

Later that day I was fortunate and thoughtful enough to have served him his own weeds induced with a little weed, to make weeding more fun of course. The simple MILF style ranch dip will have all the neighbours begging you for more of those crispy country fried front yard flowers better known as a nuisance. Don’t worry, it’s considered hip to eat weeds. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Prep time: 25 minutes

Fry time: 6-8 minutes

Yield: 3-4 servings

Total THC/CBD: depends on potency of products used

Status: friggin’ bangin’ fried front yard favorites

Equipment needed

medium stainless-steel mixing bowl, medium wire whisks, pint mason jar with lid for dressing, a slotted spoon or fry spyder, paper towel lined sheet pan, serving vessel or vessels, small mason jars for dip, electric fryer or cast- iron skillet fry setup, blender

Provisions needed

3 cups fresh picked dandelion flowers (no dog piss or mufflers close)

1 cup non-GMO cornstarch

1 cup organic all-purpose flour

2 tbsp rice flower

1 tsp non-GMO baking powder

1 tsp + 2 tbsp Jacobsen sea salt flakes

½ tsp fine ground black pepper

2 cups ultra-cold club soda

Enough oil to fry (I prefer peanut oil)

¾ cup mayonnaise

½ cup sour cream

½ cup buttermilk

2 tbsp cannabis vinegar (made in the mb2e)

2 tbsp cannabis olive oil (made in the mb2e)

¼ tsp cannabis pollen (optional if available)

1 tsp cracked pepper

1 tsp kosher salt

¼ tsp each dry mustard powder + garlic powder

½ tsp onion powder

2 tsp chipotle adobo (the puréed contents of canned chipotle peppers)

1 tsp dry parsley

¼ tsp each dry oregano + dry basil + dry dill

How to make it

-make sure to pick big open dandelions and clean them free of bugs.

-in a stainless-steel mixing bowl mix the all-purpose flour, 1 tsp salt, cornstarch, cracked pepper, and rice flour with a whisk.

-whisk in the club soda until just blended (DO NOT OVERMIX).

-preheat your oil to 350°.

-dip the dandelion flowers into batter and fry in the oil until GBD (golden brown and delicious) turning occasionally, 2-3 minutes total.

-transfer the crispy flowers to a paper towel lined sheet pan and season them with the remaining 2 tbsp of sea salt.

-repeat this process until all flowers are fried

-serve hot with smoky MILF ranch.

-for the smoky MILF ranch, mix all in a blender until combined well and refrigerate (if possible, overnight). mix well before serving.

Equipment + product source

www.jacobsensaltco.com (local organic sea salt)

www.magicalbutter.com (mb2e botanical extractor)

by #shortordercannabisrevolutionary   Chef Sebastian Carosi     @chef_sebastian_carosi on Instagram

Published and Written by Chef Sebastian Carosi in Weed World Magazine Issue 148

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Jamaica faces marijuana shortage dubbing it a ‘cultural embarrassment’

HEAVY rain and drought have contributed to Jamaica’s “worst ever” marijuana shortage – with locals calling it a “national embarrassment”.

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HEAVY rain and drought have contributed to Jamaica’s “worst ever” marijuana shortage – with locals calling it a “national embarrassment”.

Activists say they believe the Covid-19 pandemic and a loosening of Jamaica’s marijuana laws has led to a huge increase in local consumption. A brokerage firm for the island nation’s small but growing legal cannabis industry says a rise in usage during lockdown has led to supplies running low. The 2020 hurricane season and a devastating drought also caused tens of thousands of pounds in losses, according to farmers who cultivate cannabis outside the legal system – where a majority of people still buy the drug for cheap on the street. Chief opportunity explorer at Tacaya, Triston Thompson, also said Covid rules have also stopped farmers tending crops after they were ravaged by a bad season last year.

“Last year was the worst year. We’ve never had this amount of loss,” Thompson said.

“It’s something so laughable that cannabis is short in Jamaica. It’s a cultural embarrassment.”

In Jamaica the drug has been decriminalised in small amounts – vut much of the market remains illegal.

The governments Cannabis Licensing Authority – which has authorised 29 cultivators and issued 73 licenses – said there is no shortage of marijuana in the regulated industry. But farmers and activists say weed sold via legal “herb houses” is out of reach for many – because it costs five to 10 times more than pot on the street. This comes on top of a sharp decline in ganja-seeking tourists heading to the island in search of the drug.

Paul Burke, CEO of Jamaica’s Ganja Growers and Producers Association, said users are now not afraid of being prosecuted now the government allows possession of small amounts. He said the stigma associated with cannabis has diminished, with more people using the drug during the Covid-19 pandemic for its alleged therapeutic and medicinal benefits.mBurke also said that some traditional small farmers have stopped growing as they can’t afford to meet requirements for the legal market. Meanwhile, police are continuing to waste and destroy what Burke described as “good” ganja fields that are not included in the legal market.

This comes on top of a sharp decline in ganja-seeking tourists heading to the island in search of the drug.

Paul Burke, CEO of Jamaica’s Ganja Growers and Producers Association, said users are now not afraid of being prosecuted now the government allows possession of small amounts.

He said the stigma associated with cannabis has diminished, with more people using the drug during the Covid-19 pandemic for its alleged therapeutic and medicinal benefits.

Burke also said that some traditional small farmers have stopped growing as they can’t afford to meet requirements for the legal market.

Meanwhile, police are continuing to waste and destroy what Burke described as “good” ganja fields that are not included in the legal market.

Jamaica, which foreigners have long associated with pot, reggae and Rastafarians, authorized a regulated medical marijuana industry and decriminalised small amounts of the drug in 2015.

People caught with 2 ounces (56 grams) or less of cannabis are liabel to pay a small fine and face no arrest or criminal record.

The island also allows individuals to cultivate up to five plants, and Rastafarians are legally allowed to smoke cannabis for sacramental purposes.

Source: The Sun

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Shutterstock, Adobe Stock

By Michael

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Best Bud of the Month: Toffee – Bud Tender

Frankly, you already know Toffee. In fact, if you Google “Toffee Durango Greenery,” the first ten results that pop up are from happy customers who left a review specifically for Toffee, and they’re all glowing sentiments with comments such as “great customer service” and “best budtender ever,” which makes sense. Toffee simply slays it up […]

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Frankly, you already know Toffee. In fact, if you Google “Toffee Durango Greenery,” the first ten results that pop up are from happy customers who left a review specifically for Toffee, and they’re all glowing sentiments with comments such as “great customer service” and “best budtender ever,” which makes sense. Toffee simply slays it up front, and everyone who walks in our door leaves with a smile thanks to the equal parts of friendly, sarcastic sass and superb cannabis knowledge they received from Toffee. But just in case you’re one of the few Durangans who doesn’t know this extra-fab budtender of ours, here’s your chance to learn a bit more:

 

About your Best Bud:

Q. When did you start working for The Greenery?

Toffee. I began working at the Greenery a scant 5 months ago, and I’m still having fun.

 

Q. What’s your favorite way to enjoy marijuana?

Toffee. I prefer a nice flavorful flower or a potent dab. Edibles for special occasions of course!

 

Q. What’s your favorite outdoor activity?

Toffee. Nothing beats the simple joy of a walk by the river or a gentle hike. I prefer getting fresh air and relaxing to testing my endurance and athleticism.

 

Q. Tell us about your pet.

Toffee. I don’t have a pet at the moment, but I will be remedying that as soon as possible.

 

Q. Which station do you stream while you’re working at The Greenery?

Toffee. I tend to listen to podcasts when I’m just passing time with busy work, but I’ll switch over to one of my custom playlists when I want to focus.

 

Q. What do you like most about working at The Greenery?

Toffee. I’ve always been passionate about cannabis, and this job really lets me indulge in that passion. I could talk about weed and weed-adjacent products all day long. No, really, that’s what I’m paid to do.

 

Yes! We really do pay our budtenders to “talk about weed and weed-adjacent products all day long,” which is still something we don’t take for granted—we all remember when weed was illegal, and it’s still a bit surreal to walk into this Durango dispensary daily to sell it and talk about it for a paycheck.

And really, there aren’t many people better at talking about weed than Toffee, who comes to work each day with an organic, genuine passion for the plant, and with a heartfelt desire to help the people who walk into The Greenery looking for legal weed. So, Toffee, thank you for all that you do; you’re February’s Best Bud of the Month!

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2021

Brexit blow to the cannabis seed industry

There have been several reports from within the UK cannabis community over the last few weeks that seed packages from European distributors and seed banks are arriving with their contents, phone number, and email address clearly visible on the outside of the package.

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The start of this year brought with it a continuation of the on-going global Covid-19 pandemic and a whole heap of new Brexit regulations and rules for the UK to try and understand.

There have been several reports from within the UK cannabis community over the last few weeks that seed packages from European distributors and seed banks are arriving with their contents, phone number, and email address clearly visible on the outside of the package.

The reason for the change is all to do with how Brexit is affecting importation rules. As the UK has now left the European Union market – the single largest trading block in the world. We no longer benefit from the free movement of goods within the EU. Consequently, goods imported to the UK now have to follow additional regulations including packaging, customs, and importation rules that mean that the contents must clearly be labeled on the invoice attached to the package.

A few wholesalers are reporting having packages seized at the border with one being told that “if you want your box you’ll have to go to court”. This has meant that several of the big seed banks have now announced that they will be stopping deliveries to the UK until the issue is resolved.

During my investigation for this blog, I was made aware of another potentially huge negative consequence of Brexit on the UK cannabis industry. Namely, changes to the rules that govern importing cannabis and hemp seeds.

The cannabis seed industry has been able to function in the UK for decades as seeds have been designated as ‘souvenirs’ and ‘collectibles’. It is the act of germination and cultivating the seed that breaks the law. This has given the cannabis seed industry a nice gray-area to operate and grow into a rather robust and profitable industry.

As the rules stand today, all plants or plant products (including seeds) that cross an international border must be accompanied by a valid Phytosanitary certificate. This is to ensure that they have been inspected and contain no pests or diseases. This inspection and sign off must be complete in the origin country within 14 days of importation.

It is not yet fully clear if these regulations will include cannabis seeds. I can however tell you that from the correspondences that I have seen from various companies to the Animal and Plant Health Authority (APHA) and other agencies – they do not have a clue what is going on.

Although there are many UK-based seed banks, they typically get their bulk wholesale seeds from European breeders and distributors in countries like Spain and Switzerland. This means that there may very well be seed shortages here in the UK this year.

Post-Brexit the UK has to decide how to regulate the commercial sale of cannabis seeds. It is clear from conversations that I have had with some seed companies that these regulations have not been considered by the British government when agreeing to the 11th-hour deal. This gives us the golden opportunity to design a framework that protects an industry that so many jobs are dependent on.

Freedom Seeds, a Portsmouth-based seed bank issued a public statement a few days ago stating that would have to cease giving away free seeds with orders. This is due to having a shipment of wholesale seeds seized by UK customs.

A UK seed company that I spoke to has been getting around this by getting their seeds imported with other goods that are the only thing declared on the invoice – which is possibly Illegal and highly unsustainable for a legitimate company.

Another method for procuring seeds post-Brexit could be to fly over to Europe and bring them back personally, however, this could incur additional taxes or import fees and still require a Phytosanitary certificate.

All this comes on the back of a multi-million Euro raid on POT SISTEMAK SL group, the organization that produces seeds for La Mota, Dinafem, and Humboldt seeds were hit by Operation Inxer-Toro. The Spanish Medicines Agency (AEDM) ordered the Guardia civil and the tax authority to conduct an operation to stop the company’s activities in the region – culminating in the raids last September.

We are not criminals. We buy seeds and we sell them. We have been doing this for 21 years. We are one of the most important seed banks in Spain and Europe and we distribute more than a hundred brands. We are obliged to be audited because we have a turnover of more than ten million euros and they have never taken anything out, we pay our taxes every year, we go to international fairs around the world whole to exhibit our seeds for 17 years… All we ask is justice” – One of the arrest managers at POT SISTEMAK SL Group

11 cannabis grow facilities are reported to of been dismantled as part of the operation. Along with the seizure of an estimated 20 million cannabis seeds that have an estimated value of 100 million Euros.

The combination of this raid and Brexit could prove to be fatal to some seed banks and breeders around the world that have relied on the up until now relaxed attitude of Spanish authorities to produce the seeds of many of the cultivars that have now become everyday household names.

Regardless of your politics, this new post-Brexit era that we find ourselves in is going to take quite some time to adjust to. So stock up on your favourite strain and start making friends with people that supply cuttings!

Written by Simpa for TheSimpaLife.com

Image: By Denys Rudyi

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