Dandelion is a common household weed found in the North America (found in all 50 states and southern Canada) and over 60 countries throughout the world. You might be familiar with dandelion as a stubborn perennial weed that never seems to go away. It is a versatile, edible flower that can be made into juice, tea, and a variety of shampoos.
Dandelion flowers and leaves can be harvested to be used for cooking, juicing, pickling, or bouquets. Dandelion leaves and stems can also be composted for fertilizer, making a good soil additive for those wishing to improve their soil’s fertility. The bright orange and yellow colors of dandelion lend themselves to making bright and healthy additions to any recipe. Delicious and nutritious salad alternatives, dandelion flowers can be mixed with salads to make a tasty and colorful side dish.
Dandelion root powder can be sprinkled on baked potatoes, hamburgers, hot dogs, or as a nutritional supplement to help boost energy levels. It is an excellent way to add much-needed nutrition to a raw food diet or as a delicious and nutritious addition to any recipe. You will also find several recipes calling for dandelion flowers, roots, leaves, and stems. For the most part, dandelion tastings range from mildly astringent to slightly sweet with a slight tang. Either way, the health benefits of dandelion, whether consumed as a tea or in a salad, are impressive and the real question is, what do you have to lose?