STOP! Don’t kill that Dandelion! Not only are dandelions one of the first foods of spring for our precious honeybees, they are good for you too. Dandelions cleanse the liver and gallbladder, help with kidney function and are a gentle diuretic. Compared to spinach, dandelion greens way ahead of the game. They are a significant source of vitamins A, C, E, K, calcium and iron. And best of all most of the time, they are FREE!
NOTE: If you are allergic to daisies, ragweed, and related plants such as chrysanthemums or marigolds, it is very likely you will be allergic to dandelion too.
All parts of the dandelion are eatable. Dandelion flowers can be used to make wine or jelly, broken up and added to muffins, and they make a beautiful addition to summer salads. Make sure to remove all the little green sepals (which look like tiny green leaves) and stems because they are bitter.
Dandelion Leaves are wonderful eaten raw or used in smoothies. The leaves may also be cooked just as you would greens. However, they are a little bitter for some people’s taste, so when cooking you may wish to mix them in with other greens. Smaller leaves are less bitter and more palatable.
Dandelion Roots should be harvested between late fall and early spring. Make sure you dig them before the plants start to blossom. The roots may be eaten raw, steamed, or even dried, roasted and ground into a coffee substitute.
So the next time you are in your yard, you may want to think twice before running over those dandelions with the mower. You may even want to plant a flowerbed full of them! If harvesting them your self is not for you, there is a wide selection of Dandelion Products on Amazon!
Have you used dandelions before? Would love to hear your thoughts on them.