Truth in advertising: a veggie version


Now that’s truth in advertising.

Dandelion is called Pissenlit in French. Dandelion leaves are known to be diuretic. And, so, what does piss-en-lit mean exactly? Ok I’ll give you one little hint, lit is bed in French. Piss-en-lit, see? Yeah, it means precisely what you think.

If this is not truth in advertising, I don’t know what is. Kraft could learn a thing or two.

What should you do with Dandelion? I love making a salad, dress with a strong shallot vinaigrette, toss into it some crisp bacon, and top with a softly poached egg. Eat enough of this salad and you might need to wear this stuff to bed though. Just don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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15 Responses to “Truth in advertising: a veggie version

  • Michel said:
    February 13th, 2007 at 7:02am

    Whereas, in English, pissenlit being dandelion, which means lion’s tooth. It’s supposedly an aphrodisiac, and breeders feed it to their birds to make them randy, if you will.

  • Chef Scott said:
    February 13th, 2007 at 7:28am

    Salad sounds great. I’ve known people who have fried the dandelion leaves in olive oil and served them as garnish on soup or as a bed for meat.

  • Trig said:
    February 13th, 2007 at 9:53am

    lol lol lol!

  • Michelle said:
    February 13th, 2007 at 10:43am

    Yup, I remember just enough of my college French classes to chuckle. I hadn’t known that that was the name for dandelions though. How descriptive.

  • amanda said:
    February 13th, 2007 at 12:31pm

    heheh that is fantastic! i love the bluntness of the french…it would be great if u.s. advertisers really would take a hint and lighten up.

  • SamanthaF said:
    February 13th, 2007 at 1:53pm

    That’s funny.
    As a child we used to call them Wet The Beds, and if you picked them that would happen. (I’d forgotten it until now.)

  • Scott at Real Epicurean said:
    February 13th, 2007 at 6:24pm

    Historically, Dandelion formed a large part of the British diet. Of course we all know about the drink (Dandelion and Burdock), but the leaves are also delicious in salads, when young.
    You learn something new every day 😉

  • Catherine said:
    February 13th, 2007 at 7:40pm


  • cuiremk said:
    February 13th, 2007 at 9:59pm

    that’s funny….i always thought that the french said dents-de-lion, as the other person commented above. learn something every day.

  • Kate Hill said:
    February 14th, 2007 at 12:07am

    In the early days here, one of my old Gascon neighbors would come to pick the pissenlit flowers that grew all over my garden. He made a delicate citrusy aperitif infusing the eau-de-vie and wine with the flower’s bright yellow. I can’t be sure but think he called it “pisspartout”! He said it with a twinkle in his eye under that big beret. I have been too good a gardener and now there aren’t enough ‘weeds’ to make a bottle.

  • Martha Nelson said:
    February 14th, 2007 at 7:56am

    We, Greeks, love our dandeliones as a salad. We go to the fields and collect them, clean them, cook them in hot water, and serve them with lemon juice and olive oil; and with pan-fried fish, it is the best!!!! Pim, have a wonderful time in Paris.

  • Chubbypanda said:
    February 15th, 2007 at 1:06pm

    Huh. When I was in grade school, a girl taught me how to pick and eat young dandelion leaves. I always thought she was a little odd, but I did it because she was cute. Now I know better.

  • vatel said:
    February 15th, 2007 at 3:18pm

    Regarding to the Kraft thing, its just amazing, i think theyre just going to create food that doesn’ contain any food at all, don’t blame them… it’s just to save our world from disnutrition, see…
    love your blogging
    try piss en lit stir fried with chicken liver and really good balsamico…yummy!

  • emma k said:
    March 3rd, 2007 at 11:56am

    hey i’ve heard them called the english language version of pissenlit here in ireland – my nana used to call them that! excellent blogging btw

  • Patrick said:
    April 16th, 2007 at 9:38am

    In Cork (Ireland),we called them “pissy beds” because of the amorous stink normally surrounded them.

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