Monday, October 11, 2010

That Amazing Weed—The Dandelion

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Dandelions “are reviled as Public Enemy No. One by golf course superintendents and fastidious lawn owners everywhere” and as “the weed that won’t go away,” states The News of Mexico City. Yet, the dandelion “is one of the world’s most healthful plants” and can contribute much to your health and diet. Rich in Vitamin A and potassium, the dandelion is more nutritious than broccoli or spinach.

All its parts are useful. The young leaves can be used as greens in salads or in almost any recipe calling for spinach; the dried, roasted roots, for a coffeelike beverage; and the blossoms, for wine. Historically dandelion has been used as a liver tonic and cleanser, as a blood purifier and builder, and as a mild diuretic. The dandelion is “one of the top six herbs in the Chinese medicine chest,” declares The News. And for people who have a lawn or access to a pasture, dandelions are free.

12 comments:

Unplanned Cooking said...

I've never cooked with dandelions before, but you gave me a great idea - I could entertain our kids for hours by having them pick them, and then end up with a tasty meal :).

Gaia Eos said...

As the day shades its last rays in the glorying fire of the sunset, the twilight flows silently welcoming the start of the night...wish you
a restful and peaceful sleep my friend take care :)

Andrew said...

OK I'm going to have to try dandilion tea now.

Gracia said...

is that really a weed?looks so nice..

Lenore said...

i think there is no weed such dandelion here in Philippines

Gaia Eos said...

Night is a world lit by itself with the infinite shining stars and radiant moonlight...wish you a serene
sleep my friend take care :)

lina@women's perspectives said...

I've never tried dandelion. I want it now :)

03agoenk said...

where i can find that weed???
its amazing........

Mesothelioma Information said...

amazing dandelion... hard to find this weed =.=

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uRieL said...

i like dandeliooooon ^^

Anonymous said...

Hi! I'm an architecture student and currently doing a project regarding dandelions. This image is very appealing and beautiful.

Anonymous said...

But the stems taste like refined evil.

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