The Amazing Dandelion - Harvesting and Cooking Nutritious Greens in Spring
• Dandelion roots can be roasted as a coffee-substitute, or boiled and stir-fried as a cooked vegetable.
• Dandelion flowers can be made into a wine.
• Dandelion greens can be boiled, as you would spinach, and served as a vegetable or can be inserted in sandwiches or used as a salad green (it has a little "bite.")
Dandelion greens are high in vitamins A and C, and iron! The French even have a well-known soup called creme de pissenlits (cream of dandelion soup), which is easy to make.Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/eating-dandelions.html
from Embracing My Health blog
from the Herbwife's Kitchen website
Dandelions are a rich source of vitamins A, B complex, C, and D, as well as minerals such as iron, potassium, and zinc. And in traditional medicine, dandelion roots and leaves were used to treat liver problems. Native Americans used dandelion decoctions (liquid made by boiling down the herb in water) to treat kidney disease, swelling, skin problems, heartburn, and stomach upset.
My musings: It makes sense that, at the end of winter, when our ancestors were probably hungry and vitamin deficient, that Nature would see to it that they had a great source of vitamins proliferating all around them! No one had to seed them or turn over the soil...the Dandelions appeared just for the picking! and today we spend so much money just to make them go away....something is wrong here....
Just make sure to avoid harvesting near roads, since road salt and/or toxins may be present. Likewise, you obviously shouldn't harvest from a lawn where herbicides have been used.
Here is a great medical reference book for all health practitioners:
My Italian family eats dandelions in salad with olive oil, a little vinegar and salt...so good for you...since we are going non-chemical, I hope to harvest some of mine...unfortunately they are in flower so will look for the younger ones who will continue to appear...great post!!ReplyDelete
Yum..I picked some today ..I'll put them in my salad right now!ReplyDelete
Have had dandelion wine before... might I say that it was mighty strong!!!ReplyDelete
I have never tasted dandelion wine - I would like to, though....ReplyDelete
The fact is that edible wild plants are generally safer and often more nutritious than commercially grown counterparts, if you are sure of identification and collection of the region, which has been chemically sprayed.ReplyDelete
I reposted this because spring is again upon us and I think this info is so important.....ReplyDelete
I picked some today, leaves that is, from my garden, I use them as an early salad leaf and they also go well in a quiche... nice to see someone else recomending them,ReplyDelete