I am not like my suburban friends. Nor, do I use weedkiller on my dandelions. I let them grow. At first, I didn’t eat them, and then I tried harvesting dandelions and they were pretty bitter. I wondered what all the fuss was about. I mean, why?
Then, I read that you can remove most of the bitterness by soaking them in cold water. So, okay, I thought perhaps I should re-think my dandelion protest. They are actually good for you. Plus, they are free food!
Reasons why you should harvest dandelions.
The roots of dandelions are medicinal.
- It is understood that you can fight cancer with dandelions.
- Dandelions are an antioxidant for our bodies.
- The roots are known to regulate blood pressure.
- This herb is a liver-cleansing herb, which helps overall health.
- Studies have shown the tea may help stop leukemia. (See Mercola.com’s website)
The leaves and stems of dandelions are nutritious.
- Leaves and stems provide fiber.
- Multiple vitamins and minerals are found naturally in dandelions.
- The vitamin K in these flowers, supports your vitamin D production.
- They are also strong contenders for vitamin A.
- You may also find vitamins C, B6, thiamin, riboflavin, iron, and calcium, along with many other minerals.
What can you make from dandelions?
Stir fry a few fresh-picked greens in some coconut oil, add some sea salt and maybe a little bit of lime. These are so good for you! Try this recipe at Italian Food Forever
Yes, marmalade. Use the flower tops only for this great concoction. Add a bit of orange and lemon to 2 cups of water, along with the sugar and pectin, to this dandelion marmalade recipe. Looks like a great addition to a springtime breakfast.
Known for its medicinal properties, dandelion tea is an excellent tonic for your liver. Just brew a few dried leaves and blooms in some hot water. Generally, 1 TBl per cup of hot water works well. Top off with some stevia and coconut milk! Here are a few other dandelion tea recipes you can try.
Some people enjoy bitter herbs, which dandelions are. I, however, prefer a sweet lettuce of kale to the bitterness of dandelion salad. However, if bitter is what you like, top it off with your favorite salad dressing.
Follow this recipe for dandelion jelly from the Old Farmer’s Almanac. Make the tea first, then add the pectin and sugar to make your jelly. I am not sure how healthy this one is, but at least you can enjoy a great tasting jelly!
Want a nice breakfast treat? Try this dandelion fritter recipe from Old Farmer’s Almanac! Use the blossoms and then top off with raw honey or maple syrup.
There are tons more dandelion recipes on Pinterest to find! While suburbia may be concerned about their dandelions (or mine), they are strong contenders for good nutrition.