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Fun on Friday: All That’s Gold Doesn’t Glitter

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Did you know the Kentucky state flower is the goldenrod?

Also, did you know goldenrod is a weed?

It just goes to show that everything that’s gold doesn’t necessarily glitter.

Now, you might be wondering to yourself, “self, what does this have to do with anything?”

Well, if we’re being honest here, precious little, really. But it’s Friday. That means Fun on Friday. So, it’s about lighthearted fun. And what’s more fun than state weeds? Honestly, I just find the notion that my home state of Kentucky picked a weed as its state flower is amusing.

Incidentally, Kentucky is not alone. Nebraska also chose goldenrod as its state flower. So, all you Nebraskans can join me and we can mock our states together.

But there is actually a lesson here because I thought I was going to make fun of goldenrod for causing the horrible allergies I’ve experienced this year. Turns out, goldenrod is not an allergen. Which to me makes it a less logical choice for Kentucky state flower. If you didn’t know, Kentucky is the allergy capital of America – maybe even the whole world. Perhaps the wise people who come up with things like state flowers should have considered ragweed as the state bloom for the Bluegrass State.

Anyway, today I learned that it’s virtually impossible to be allergic to goldenrod. It apparently has very little pollen and it is pollinated by insects. According to the edible wild food website, “Only wind-pollinated plants such as Ragweed (which blooms at the same time as Goldenrod) can cause allergic reactions.”

This brings us to another interesting factoid. You can eat goldenrod.

But from the description, I’m not sure I want to.

“Goldenrod can be used fresh or as a dried herb to make tea (although it is bitter), or as a fluid extract, tincture, or in capsules.”

Bitter.

No thank you.

I mean, I guess it’s better than allergies. I don’t have to eat it.  I’ve got no choice when it comes to the allergy plants. But still – no thank you!

Supposedly, goldenrod has healing properties.

Have you ever noticed that most things that have healing properties taste nasty? What’s up with that? I mean, why can’t the healthy things taste like M&Ms? I don’t know about you, but I’d be a hell of a lot healthier.

So, anyway, what have we learned here?

Just because it says gold in the name doesn’t mean its good. Don’t be fooled by cheap imitations – like weeds masquerading as flowers. If you want gold, you should get gold! And of course, SchiffGold can help with that. Call 1-888-GOLD-160. A precious metals specialist can hook you up with real, rare, precious gold that won’t leave a bitter taste in your mouth or make your nose run!

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