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The Incredible Edible Dandelion.

Updated on December 18, 2012

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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      Veronica Allen 7 years ago from Georgia

      You are so welcome Riviera Rose. Do be careful though. If you have a plant allergy, consult your physician first. Please let us know how they taste if you are brave enough to try them. My entire family suffers from plant allergies so this one we have to unfortunately have to pass up...though I did catch my little one tasting a dandelion the other day. For one reason or another she has picked up the habit of "tasting" flowers she picks on our walks.

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      Riviera Rose 7 years ago from South of France

      I'd read recently about edible dandelions and found your hub when checking - I've just pulled a huge number of them out of the earth and love the idea of eating rather than dumping them. Bit nervous though... ;) Will check those recipes next! Thanks for a great hub.

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      Veronica Allen 8 years ago from Georgia

      So true suziecat7. Many people do not really know their wonderful benefits. They tend to view them simply as bothersome weeds.

      Thank you for stopping by, reading, and leaving a comment.

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      suziecat7 8 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Dandelions are still flowers and must be respected. Great Hub.

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      Veronica Allen 8 years ago from Georgia

      It's really sad what mankind is doing to the enviornment. We are really destroying the things that are so vital to our well-being. I've never tried dandelion before. But I'm going to try it. Thanks for your feedback.

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      BkCreative 8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I remember living in a suburban area and every weekend was spent by neighbors killing dandelions (and poisoning the environment) - ignorance is so expensive.

      I've enjoyed the greens and have heard of the wine but haven't tried it. Yet.

      Thanks for a well researched hub!

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      Veronica Allen 8 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks fastfreta. I love researching facts like these. The world has so much to offer us. We really need to go back to the earth, and live a little more simply. There is some many hidden treasures we do not know about.

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      Alfreta Sailor 8 years ago from Southern California

      Who knew, I've heard about using the greens, but not the flowers and the roots. I also didn't know about it's nutritional value, and more nutritious than spinach, and broccoli, WOW! Thank you so much for the research that you've done.

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      Veronica Allen 8 years ago from Georgia

      I know, who knew this small flower was so powerful. I guess there really is something to be said about "Flower Power!"

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      SageAdvice 8 years ago from Seattle

      That pretty little yellow flower has been trying to tell us something all along. Thanks for being her voice!

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      Veronica Allen 8 years ago from Georgia

      That's a good option too creativeone59. I personally didn't know the dandelion had so much potential.

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      benny Faye Douglass 8 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      I Think the closest I'll get to the dandelion is supplements. thanks or the hub thought. creativeone59

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