Some people consider the humble dandelion to be a garden-variety weed, but to others, it is a harbinger of spring, a green delicacy marking the end of a root-vegetable winter. The name, an anglicization of the French “dent-de-lion,” or lion’s tooth, refers to the sharply notched edges of the leaves. Native to Europe, the dandelion grows in temperate climate zones all over the world.

Nutritional Properties

The discovery of those distinctive jagged leaves colonizing backyard flower beds may not gladden the hearts of gardeners but dandelion greens have become popular enough that many grocery stores stock cultivated varieties. Dandelion greens are high in vitamins A, B complex, C and D, and minerals including iron, potassium, magnesium, calcium and zinc. The University of Maine says that 3 1/2 oz. of boiled greens contain about 33 calories, .06 g of fat and 2 g of protein.

Health Benefits– Helpful for PMS, good for menopause, increases ovarian hormones.

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Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/408645-the-health-benefits-of-eating-dandelion-greens/#ixzz1yZSomfZ5

Dandelion Salad

You can use the greens in salad. I do not have a recipe and from what I have read they can be on the bitter side. Many of the recipes had bacon which would seem to be counter beneficial from any health benefits. A Balsamic vinaigrette might taste good, with some goat cheese, roasted corn and fresh tomatoes. Yum, now I am hungry. Some Dark Rye Bread with some olive oil would compliment well.

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6 thoughts on “Dandelion

  1. gabbylight22 says:

    hehe This is so awesome and so cool that you posted this, especially since yesterday I bought dandelion tea! My daughter is always making healing water with flowers with the help of angels!
    Keep writing!
    With love & light,

  2. Thanks for ‘liking’ my Fortune Green Tea Bag post and also ‘Following’ my blog! It gave me an opportunity to discover your blog. I LOVE your blog. I have never had dandelion, but have had chrysanthemums in salads and dishes in Japan (yummy). I will definitively visit your blog again!
    BTW I want to ‘Follow’ your blog, but you do not have a widget for it. ?

  3. ingellei says:

    i had no idea that dandelions are edible!! thats news to me! it grows like any wild plant and we don’t really make much use for it…… not as far as i know. the only way i know it to be of use is that the leaves are supposed to be good to stop bleeding. i once hurt my legs as a child while playing. and i remember my uncle took some dandelion leaves that grew near where i had fallen. he crushed it and applied to my wounds.

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