Dandelions are one of the most hated weeds! Why? Mostly, because some people want lawns like golf courses. However, dandelions have been used as food and for medicine for thousands of years. They are extremely good for you!
Last week, while creating my vegetable patch and digging dandelions up from my lawn, I decided to harvest them as food rather than as weeds. I decided to celebrate dandelions! You can learn how to:
- Pick the flowers for pancakes and syrup and cordial
- Use the leaves for salad and steaming
- Kept the roots for dandelion coffee.
“What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
- Dandelions came into existence about 30 million years ago in Eurasia. Humans have been eating them as food and using them as medicine for as long as there has been recorded history.
- Many sources suggest that the dandelion came from Asia, where it used as food and medicine.
- Before the year 1000, Arabs also used dandelions as a medicine.
- Dandelions did not exist in North America when the Mayflower arrived in 1620. European immigrants used dandelions as part of their regular diet, and brought them over to began to cultivate them in North America.
- These days, dandelions grow profusely.
7 Health Benefits:
1. The leaves can be used to treat upset stomach, muscle aches, intestinal gas, constipation and loss of appetite. Like all dark leafy vegetables, they are strongly alkaline. Here’s a complete list of dandelion leaf benefits.
2. Spanish people brought it over for medicine and for food, called chicoria.
3. Germans used it as an early spring infusion of nutrition and vitamins.
4. The English used it to cure liver problems and other illnesses.
5. In India, it is also used mainly as a remedy for liver problems.
6. Dandelion root is grown and exported to Russia for medical remedies.
7. The roots are used to help the liver, anemia, and much more.
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