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Is it a weed? Or is it a nutritious, free, dark leafy green?

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Before mowing my yard (rife with weeds), I decided to harvest the leaves from all the dandelions. I've been eating them now for a week and love them! Are dandelions weeds? Yep. Are they nutritious, free, dark leafy greens? Yep. You can also pay for them, if you'd rather have someone else grow them, yet since they choose to populate my yard, I harvested them.

That's a photo of the dandelion greens I just ate with dinner. Sauteed them in coconut oil and added two cloves of garlic and four chopped dried figs. YUMMY! Dandelion greens are bitter, so adding something sweet, like figs, prunes, pear, apple, makes them smoother.

Why eat dandelion? (info from

1) High in calcium: 1 cup of chopped dandelion greens has 103 mg calcium
2) Rich in iron: 1 cup = 1.7 mg iron
3) Low in calories: that same cup boasts a low calorie count of only 25
4) High in antioxidants: contain vitamins A & C and loads of beta-carotene
5) Ultimate detox: said to cleanse the liver. Many detox recipes call for them.
6) Loads of minerals: Contain copper (10% RDA), manganese (8% RDA), phosphorus, potassium, and magnesium (5% RDA each).
7) Contain 14% protein: Contain ALL amino acids so is a complete protein. One cup as 1.5 grams protein.
8) Multivitamin green: Contains the following vitamins: A, C, B1, B2, B6, E, and K.
9) Health benefits: Dandelion greens are said to reduce the risk of cancer, multiple sclerosis, cataracts, age-related macular degeneration and stroke.
10) Anti-inflammatory: The anti-inflammatory properties may benefit those with asthma and other inflammatory diseases.

As a side note: if you use chemicals on your yard, you should not eat the dandelion greens that sprout there. I refuse to use those nasty chemicals, which leads to a plethora of weeds, yet also means my dandelions are truly edible. Additionally, if you have dogs, you will not want to eat any dandelions that grow in the areas where the dogs relieve themselves. 'Nuf said.

So what do you think? Are they weeds? Or nutritious, free, dark leafy greens?
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    I love my free greens! Thanks for all the great info about them!
    1872 days ago
    Hmmmm... My wife is all about the smoothies right now. Maybe she should try the leaves instead of spinach.
    1882 days ago
    Interesting !! Never thought to grow weeds to eat..
    1884 days ago
  • LINDAK25
    Love dandelion greens! I wonder if you let the greens sit with some balsamic vinegar (white or regular) if that would take the bitterness away. It works with kale.
    1886 days ago
    I've never eaten dandelion greens, but I've heard before that they're edible. We also avoid chemicals in our lawn and garden, although most of my neighbors use them with abandon.

    Anyone notice how few bees there are anymore? Think about it.

    However, we also feed the birds, squirrels, and rabbits in the backyard, and there are a ton of them running and hopping around on our grass, so I doubt I'll be eating anything in our lawn. emoticon

    But I do intend to try kale this summer, as soon as the farmers market has it available.
    1886 days ago
  • KANOE10
    I have not tried them, but have heard they are good for you as well. Nice way to get a free healthy greens!
    1886 days ago
  • AJB121299
    Nice blog
    1886 days ago
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