Did you know the entire dandelion plant is edible? It's not only edible but is also great for the digestive system and the liver!
The young dandelion greens and/or the flower petals are a great addition to a salad. The roots can be dryed and used to make teas or tintures.
Of course, you need to make sure the dandelions have been organically grown!
There are many uses for dandelions but here's a simple dandelion recipe that anyone can do. Grab the kids, soak up some sun and make a dandelion vinegar. Hey, maybe the kids will even try this nutritious herbal vinegar!
Just pick enough chemically free dandelion flowers to fill a pint or quart canning jar. Be sure to pick off all the leaves even on the underside of the flowers. Fill your jar then cover them completely with distilled apple cider vinegar. (The plastic lids are best but if you have the metal ones put a baggie or plastic wrap between the lid and the jar. This will prevent the vinegar from corroding the metal.) Shake the jar then store in a cool, dark place for 2 - 6 weeks. Strain and use on salads or recipes. This vinegar is full of natural vitamins and minerals!
Master herbalist, Susan Weed, shows how to prepare this simple dandelion recipe in the following video...
Need more reasons to dig dandelions?
1. Dandelions are one of the first blooms in spring to provide nectar to bees and other nectar loving animals.
2. Dandelions have a very long tap root which brings minerals and nutrients up to the surface of the soil.
3. Who doesn't love to blow away the fuzzy seed heads and make a wish?????
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