As a kid I used to love to pick the fuzzy dandelion and blow the seed pods into the air, I also loved dandelion’s bright yellow flower. I had no idea it was considered a pest in the yard and I didn’t care; I just thought they were beautiful.
Now I look at dandelion in a whole new way and it actually pains me to see people spraying these plants with weed killer. All parts of the dandelion are useful and edible; the flower, the leaf, and the root. Dandelion is a very rich source of beta-carotene which we convert into vitamin A. This flowering plant is also rich in vitamin C, fiber, potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, zinc, phosphorus, B complex vitamins, trace minerals, organic sodium, and even vitamin D. Whew, that’s a lot, but not everything. Dandelion contains protein too, more than spinach. It has been eaten for thousands of years and used to treat anemia, scurvy, skin problems, blood disorders, and depression.Read More