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Delicious Dandelions

When dandelions grow in your garden don’t look at them as weeds look at them as a salad. There is nothing like having a delicious dandelion salad. You can use the leaves, stem and even flowers. I add in crisp bacon or shredded sausage. You can use your imagination. I make up a dressing with lemon juice, oil, and soy sauce or you can even mix the greens up with sour cream.

Checking on information for dandelions they can also be used for their medicinal qualities. They’re used as a liver tonic and diuretic. The dandelion roots have inulin and levulin which are starch-like substances which can help with the balance of blood sugar. Another substance is bitter taraxacum that stimulates digestion. Dandelion roots can be eaten raw or steamed. They can also be used as a coffee substitute by drying, roasting and grinding them. Dandelion flowers have been used to make dandelion wine. You can also dip the flowers in batter and make dandelion fritters.

The leaves contain potassium, antioxidants and vitamin A and C. I have also put the greens into a comforting soup with chicken bouillon and small meatballs. The greens are nice and tender just before the flowers come and larger greens are better for cooking. So don’t look upon dandelions as weeds look upon them as food.

You’ll be interested to know that the dandelion is the only flower which represents the three celestial bodies of the sun, the moon, and the stars. Its yellow flower reminds one of the sun, the puffball is like the moon and the seeds which disperse in the wind – the stars.

Just like we do when we go to sleep and close our eyes the dandelion opens up to the sun in the morning and closes up in the evening to go to sleep.

Up until the 1800s, people made room in their gardens for dandelions and other so-called “weeds” which actually were very useful such as chamomile (for tea), chickweed, and malva.

The name dandelion derives from the French word “dent de lion” which means lion’s tooth. This refers to the fact that the flower has coarsely-toothed leaves.

These flowers have one of the longest flowering seasons of any plant.

When the seeds are blown by the wind they can travel as many as 5 miles from their origin.

  • Do you have dandelions growing in your garden?

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  • Would you try to eat a dandelion salad?

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