Dandelion Greens

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Dandelion greens are the most nutritious leafy vegetable that you can buy (see chart below). Foraged greens are the first spring vegetable, they come on even earlier than asparagus, and they make a great spring tonic. But do enjoy them year round as a kitchen remedy and tasty green. Reflect on how their resilience hints of their prowess: no matter how many tons of chemicals are dumped onto suburban lawns to kill them, dandelions reign.

Dandelions support digestion, reduce swelling and inflammation, and treat viruses, jaundice, edema, gout, eczema and acne. Recent studies indicate that their root combats cancer. This sunflower relative boasts potent medicinal properties with laxative and diuretic properties (its French name, pissenlit, wet the bed, aptly names its effectiveness). More of their–and other foods’–medicinal properties, are listed in The New Whole Foods Encyclopedia.

Cultivated dandelion greens from the store are less bitter than the wild ones, but in both cases nibble on a leaf to ascertain it’s bitterness and gage how much to include in your dish. Today many markets carry dandelion greens. If your favorite market does not, be proactive; ask the produce manager to carry them; or find a market that does.

Better yet, forage them yourself. How I love foraging. In addition to the anticipation of the upcoming feast, there’s the thrill of the find, the pleasure of piling a basket with freely given gifts and a feeling of inter-relatedness that being outdoors engenders. And here’s the best part, foraging enables you to also harvest the dandelion heart or crown a delicacy that you won’t find at the greengrocers.
dandelionGreensBeth Brush away the protective blanket of last year’s foliage and a scant layer of soil to expose dandelion crowns. Bypass leaves from plants that have gone to flower. Here’s why: as the energy moves up to the blossom, the greens becomes quite bitter and would require several blanching baths to be toothsome. The flowers, however, may be used to make wine or Honey-Preserved Blossom Spread. Please note: do not gather dandelions from public trails, roadsides or any chemically-tainted area including treated lawns.

Back home with the goods, I pick over my haul and discard extraneous grasses. Strip the stems from the larger leaves and add to a salad. Or sauté with an onion and garlic and season with a pinch of sea salt and few grinds of fresh pepper. Or use in any cooked dish as you would bok choy or kale. Here’s a recipe for Roasted Daikon and Dandelion Green Soup.

The bittersweet root is typically used as a coffee substitute and in herbal tonics. In ten minutes foraging, I gathered a nice mess of greens—and I left plenty for you.

Maximize the use of herbal remedies, like dandelion, to realize your desired health goals with a supportive diet that addresses your specific needs.  My Diet Consultation and Face Reading Reports provide this.

1 cup raw Vit. A
Daily Value
Vit. K
Daily Value
Calcium
Daily Value
Iron
Daily Value
Dandelion Greens 2712 IU
54%
151 mcg
188%
103 mg
10%
1.7 mg
9%
Broccoli 581 IU
12%
89.4 mcg
112%
41.4 mg
4%
0.6 mg
4%

May you be well nourished,

Rebecca Wood


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