The Incredible Edible Dandelion.
A bane to gardeners, lawn owners, and golf course attendants, the persistent and abundant Dandelion is often considered Public Enemy #1.
However, according to www.nj.com, the dandelion is "a plant for which we once knew the use but we've forgotten it."
Believe it or not, this over-trodden and overlooked weed, just so happens to be one of the world's most healthful plants. How so?
Rich in potassium and vitamin A, the dandelion is far more nutritious than spinach or broccoli!
As mind-boggling as it may seem, all of it's parts can be used. The flowers can be fermented to make wine; it's young leaves can be used as greens in salads or as a great spinach replacement; it's roots can be roasted and ground to make a caffeine free coffee substitute.
In addition to it being used as a blood purifier and builder, as well as a liver tonic and cleanser, dandelions provide the body with vitamins and minerals such as Vitamins A, C and K; is a good source of potassium, calcium and a fair amount of iron and manganese.
According to www.naturalnews.com, just one cup of dandelion leaves contains 112% daily recommendation of vitamin A, 32% of vitamin C, and 535% of vitamin k and 218 mg potassium, 103 mg calcium, and 1.7 mg of iron.
Not to be confused with "the false dandelion" (also known as hawkweeds and hawksbeards), the dandelion is truly an undervalued and under-appreciated plant [it's vital to note however, that people with plant allergies, or other health conditions should always consult their physicians before adding dandelions to their diet].
Who knew that this small, humble, persistent weed, had such huge potential.
Looking for some great dandelion recipes to tempt your taste buds? http://oldfashionedliving.com/dandelion.html
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