Hi there! Welcome to the Edible Plants station. This station is one of those offered by District 13, a guild dedicated to long-lasting friendships, friendly competition, and, of course, bringing down the Capitol. So, why are we here? Why do we care about Edible Plants? C'mon now. We've seen the games. We know what happens. You end up out there, lost and alone, with nobody but yourself to rely on. You might think that, in that moment, what you need training in most is hand-to-hand combat or building a fire, but let's be real - the point of the games is to stay alive. Best way to stay alive? Eat. If you think you don't have a reason to learn this, move along, then. But I'll leave you with a warning: Foxface. Ahhh, not so quick to leave now, are we? That's what I thought...

about the station

Every other week, I'll use this station to guide you through the plants you're most likely to encounter in any given arena - from delicious to deadly, from nutritious to poisonous. Why trust me? Let's just say that I've followed the games closely, and I've noted carefully which plants appear time and again, whether you're in the desert, the arctic, the jungle, the ocean, or your backyard. After each lesson, you'll be provided with a series of questions to make sure that you truly understand the lesson. Once you've read the lesson, fill out the answers to the questions and neomail them to Marie.

After sending in your answers, you will be rewarded with 1 point per correct answer for a possible total of 5 points. However, your true reward will come when you need it the most - in the arena, when all that stands between you and survival is as simple as choosing the right plant...

current lesson

dandelion





Genus: Taraxacüm
Species: T. officinale and T. erythrospermum
Longevity: Biennial/Perennial
Native to: Temperate zones
Leaf length: 5-25 cm
Flower stem height: 1-10 cm
Flower colour: Yellow/Orange
Flower diameter: 2-5 cm
Edible parts: All
Nutrients provided: Vitamins A, C, & K; Calcium; Potassium; Iron; Manganese

About & Preparation: Typically, the dandelion is viewed worldwide as a wëëd. However, in temperate zones, the dandelion is an excellent source of nutrients, as every part of the plant is edible. The leaves of the plant can be washed and prepared as a salad, while the roots are also edible and the flowers can provide a tasty snack. More mature leaves and roots can be bitter to taste (which, when you're out alone in that arena, might not be so bad), but you can boil them over a fire (provided you know how to make one...) to reduce the bitter flavor. You can also drink the water in which they were boiled as a tea, which has historically been used in many countries as an herbal remedy. The flowering part of the dandelion matures into a spherical seed head with many single seeds, each attached to small "hairs" which allow windborne dispersal. The stem, much like with many plants, will produce a milky fluid when broken. Each rosette of leaves may produce multiple flowering stems, but each stem will yield only a single flower.

Look out for... false dandelions & allergic reactions. There are plants similar in appearance to dandelions, like the plants in the Asteraceae family. Much like dandelions, the colour and flowering pattern is similar, and they, too, develop into windborne seeds. However, recall that the stem of the dandelion is hairless and leafless with a single flower - many imposters will have fuzzy, leafy, branching stems atop which multiple flowers bloom. Additionally, the pollen of dandelions can cause allergic reaction in individuals with sensitive allergies. I suggest you give it a try outside the arena so you know whether it will be an option to you once inside...

the questions

Please answer the following questions to show you've understood this lesson and neomail your answers to Marie!

1. In the arena, time has sped up, and each hour is actually a year! You think the plant before you is a dandelion, but knowing what you do about the lifespan of the plant, how long can you wait to be sure?
a. 30 minutes
b. 60 minutes
c. 120 minutes

2. In which of these places would you least likely expect to see a dandelion?
a. Nebraska, U.S.A.
b. Prague, Czech Republic
c. Montreal, Quebec
d. Nairobi, Kenya

3. Which parts of the dandelion are edible? (Name them.)

4. How many flowers can each dandelion plant bloom? Each stem?

5. Which of the following is a dandelion (first, second, or third)? How do you know?

gold star students

this lesson

Members who have completed this lesson will be listed here, along with their point totals.

IDEALISM
Eric - 4 points

INTELLIGENCE
Sarah - 5 points
Anna - 3 points

FORTITUDE
None yet!

TEMPERANCE
Jake - 5 points

overall

Here, you'll see running totals from all the lessons these members have completed.

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The next lesson will be added January 25th, 2015.

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