This is AnnahMarie.
Today, Organic Gurlz Gardens, of Fort Wayne, Indiana will be sharing information on the Health Benefits of Dandelion Greens.
Our name for the weed comes from the French Dent de Lion, meaning “lion’s tooth.” This refers to the jagged points on the leaves, which look like sharp teeth. The French grow dandelions to eat, just as we grow lettuce in our gardens.
As many know, Dandelion Greens are Perennials. They are notorious for taking nutrients out of your veggies and fruits, and spread across your yard like a wild fire. But before you go marching of to kill this “Weed”, it is good to know these few pros :
Not only do they provide an off the charts amount of Iron and Calcium than most cultivated greens, Dandelion Greens have a wide array of health benefits that make them the perfect all around nutritional boost.
Talk about Iron – One cup of Dandelion Greens contains 1.7 milligrams of Iron!
Iron Seekers! Come Eat!
They are said to help cleanse your liver and many detox recipes suggest to use the greens. Dandelion greens also provide considerable amounts of vitamins A and K.
All parts of the dandelion are edible and have medicinal and culinary uses. The flowers are best known for their use in dandelion wine (Yes,you read that right) but they also can be added to a salad, made into jellies or dipped in batter to make dandelion fritters.
How to make Dandelion tea:
Before using any part of the dandelion, make extra sure to wash it off well, and don’t be afraid of any bugs that might be on it.
They Won’t Bite! 🙂
Organic Gurlz Gardens suggests spraying all fresh/newly harvested produce with a vinegar and water mixture, or put some vinegar and cold water in a bowl and swish them around for a couple minutes, then rinse it off under cold running water.
Go out into your garden and snip off a few of the pom-pom yellow flowers.
Now, just like you were to brew tea, put the flowers in a cup and let them steep for 20 minutes. Add some sweetener or honey (to taste) and enjoy a natural immunity boosting drink. You can strain the flowers out, or eat them.
Questions? Contact : MasterGardener@OrganicGurlzGardens.com
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