Dandelions are a food source. It can be considered to be a superfood because of its health benefits. The roots and flowers can be dried to make tea. The leaves can be eaten like greens in a salad or stir-fry. There is even dandelion wine.
Dandelions are high in vitamin A and C, which are antioxidants that help balance mood, reduce stress, and improve sleep. It is also a source of vitamin B-6, calcium, and iron. These are minerals that will balance hormones, build strong bones and teeth, and oxygenate the blood. The dandelion is bitter like spinach, mustard greens, and kale. Bitter foods clean the blood, promote digestion, and detoxify the liver, gallbladder, and kidneys. The bitterness will also help keep the body cool.
One cup of dandelion greens contains 25 calories, no fat or cholesterol. The fiber found in dandelion greens will clean the large intestine. Dandelion is a plan worth stocking up.
Dandelions start to flower between April and June. They are plentiful in yards, parks, sidewalks, roadsides, and state forests. Do not eat dandelion from land that has been treated with chemicals. Source from trusted areas, grocery stores, or farmer’s markets. Take a course in your local area about foraging to find safe sources. Take a leap and grow your own dandelion.
Make a salad with dandelion greens, cucumber, grape tomatoes, fresh dill, lemon juice, and olive oil for lunch. Sipping dandelion tea contains the same vitamins and minerals found in the leaves. The tea is a healthy addition to those of you incorporating liquid fasts into your lifestyle.
Consider the dandelion as a superfood and not a weed the next time you see the beautiful yellow blossoms popping up. It is an addition to your grocery list, or gardening plans, that will help keep you healthy.