Those dandelions popping up in your lawn are more valuable than you think.
🌼The entire dandelion has health benefits; flower, leaves, and root. It's pretty impressive for a plant with a yellow flower, mostly picked for the mothers by four-year-old girls.
🌼 Make use of those dandelions popping up all over your garden! (provided you don't use any pesticides or herbicides)
🌼 The entire dandelion; flower, leaves, stem, and root have incredible health benefits.
🌼 The leaves can be chopped up and added raw to salads or sautéed with other greens.
🌼 Raw dandelion greens contain a high amount of prebiotics as I just wrote about in my latest blog post.
🌼 One cup of dandelion greens contains over 500% the daily recommended amount of vitamin K, over 100% of Vitamin A, 32% vitamin A, and 10% calcium.
🌼 Dandelions have a very deep tap root that brings minerals from deep in the soil.
🌼 Dandelion is a blood cleanser, tonic and digestive aid. It contains mucilages, which soothe the digestive tract.
🌼 Dandelion absorbs toxins from food regulates intestinal bacteria (prebiotic).
🌼 Dandelion is a liver remedy. It enhances the production of bile, improving liver congestion, bile duct inflammation, hepatitis, gallstones and jaundice.
🌼 In the spring, the greens contain more levulose, which is a sugar easily assimilated by diabetics.
🌼 Dandelion is also a liver cleanser. It stimulates the pancreas and spleen and detoxifies poisons throughout the body, therefore having a beneficial effect on skin disorders, jaundice, menstrual troubles and blood pressure irregularities.
🌼 Dandelion also helps alkalanize the body and is beneficial to teeth and gums.
🌼 The tea made from dandelion flowers is used as a remedy for fatigue, promotes bowel regularity and nourishes the liver.
🌼 The root can be chopped up and added to smoothies, soups, or stocks.
🌼 The root is also roasted, ground, and either added to coffee or used as a coffee substitute.
🌼 Dandelion root shows promise in the treatment of cancer. It also has antibacterial properties, even warding off the bacteria responsible for staph infections.
Do you use dandelions; either the flower, greens, or root? What's your favorite preparation?
Welcome to Farmer's Market Friday
Each week I will feature a vegetable, fruit, nut, seed, or herb.
Farmer's Market Recipe Contest
Submit your recipe for any of the foods included in Farmer's Market Friday. I'll compile my favorites in and ebook (that I'll send you to you).
At the end of each month, I'll pick one winner out of a hat of all the people that submitted that month, to receive a free copy of Deborah Madison's cookbook, Vegetable Literacy or The New Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone....your choice.