What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have never been discovered.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
After my earlier post about wild greens I’m just tooooooooooo excited about dandelions. I’d go as far as to say I’m craving them! What’s that all about? NOT PREGNANT. Anyway, here’s a wee bloggeroo about how wonderful dandelions are and how much I bloody LOVE them.
Dandelions get such bad press as being a “weed”. I decided I don’t believe in weeds, because as it turns out the weedy plants we are so desperate to get rid of are actually some of the most nutritious! And we spend hours digging them up out our own back garden and poisoning them with every kind of ‘cide’ you can think of and THEN pop in the car to BUY food from the supermarket that has probably less than one tenth the nutrition? Crazy crazy days…
Dandelions are sooooooooooooo nutrtious and FREE. Can’t say fairer than free can you?
You should be able to find them pretty much anywhere but obviously be careful if you think the area is sprayed with weedkiller (most public parks are) or dog pee areas. They do like to grow around disturbed land rather than in the middle of fields. This is cos they are so clever, they grow in city areas cos that’s where the nutrition is needed most 🙂 I love that plants can grow out of concrete, that’s just awesome to me…
I won’t lie, they are a bit bitter tasting but the bitter is actually the nutrtion or medicinal properties of the plant but if you collect the leaves before the flowers shoot then they are much less bitter.
Dandelion is not just a good food source but also a staple in natural medicine treating all kinds of conditions all over the world particularly skin complaints due to it’s amazing liver benefits. Because it’s so good for the liver, the whole digestive system is strengthened. It also stabilises the blood sugar helping the pancreas reduce hypoglycemia and can help prevent middle-age onset of diabetes!
It’s said to remedy a whole range of dis-ease including respiratory complaints, diabetes, urinary disorders, anemia, depression…the list goes on and on and on.
Whilst it might not be the sweetest tasting wild green in the field it is full of vitamin A, B vitamins, Vitamin C, D, manganese, silicon, bioflavinoids, calcium, iron, niacin, potassium, choline, folic acid, magnesium, sulphur and zinc in MASSIVE concentrations.
If you’re feeling courageous and don’t mind a bit o’ bitter then chop up some fresh baby dandelion leaves and pop them in your salad. A dressing with lemon or lime will help to cut the bitter flavour. ORRR you can do what I do and just add a few leaves to your juice or green smoothie for a wickedly nutritious punch. If you don’t fancy them raw then lightly steam or add to soups or casseroles.
🙂 bring on the dandelions
This blog was written by Raw Food Scotland's previous owner, Emma Calvert. You can reach her at her new website, https://missmanifestation.com/