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What are the health benefits of dandelions? How do I forage them? Plus, 24 AMAZING gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan recipes incorporating dandelion roots, flowers and leaves! Everything from dandelion coffee to dandelion greens to dandelion cupcakes — this healthy, springtime round-up has got it all!
In case you haven’t heard, that common bright yellow flower you often see popping up come springtime is FULL of incredible health benefits and nutrients. And we’re here to show you that what some people consider a pesky weed, is actually a beautiful vibrant plant ready to transform your health and please your palate with these super special and delicious dandelion recipes!
Notes + Tips for Foraging Dandelions:
Forage dandelion in locations where you are certain they haven’t been sprayed with toxic herbicides. Unfortunately, many consider this amazing plant an unwanted weed and it is commonly sprayed with all sorts of things! Gather from your own property or a friend or family member’s property where you are certain this isn’t the case.
Few plants mimic the visual qualities of dandelions, and it is one of the more easily and safely identifiable foraged plants, but if you are uncertain, consult a plant guidebook, or a local herbalist. One thing that sets dandelion apart from some of its mimickers is its sturdy green base right below the yellow flower head.
Every part of a dandelion (Taraxacum officinale ) is edible! Harvest the roots, leaves and flowers and try out some of the delicious recipes below!
To harvest the roots: Use a knife or small shovel or spade to gently cut a circle into the ground around a dandelion ensuring you are able to safely and easily pull the roots (and entire plant out of the ground).
To harvest the leaves: Use knife to slice the stem just about one inch above the roots. Pinch each leaf off individually.
To harvest the flowers: Use a sharp knife to slice the yellow flower tops off.
To clean dandelions: Place any harvested flowers, leaves, roots or whole plants into a bowl or sink full of water. Gently swish around to release debris. Place on a dry tea towel to dry before using.
Dandelion Health Benefits + Nutritional Information:
Dandelions contain a hearty amount of:
a natural diuretic
an appetite stimulant
alkaline in nature
immune system supporting
Dandelions have been shown to be an effective natural treatment for:
high blood pressure
skin disorders such as acne, psoriasis, eczema
nausea, loss of appetite
44 Gluten-Free Vegetarian + Vegan Recipes Using Dandelions (Greens, Roots, Flowers):
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