Did you know that many of the weeds we try to eliminate from our yards are actually highly beneficial herbs? One example is the dandelion.
The humble, and often despised, dandelion has protein, carbohydrates, and fiber in small quantities. More importantly, it has significant quantities of calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium.
Dandelions are good for our bones, muscles, immune system, skin, digestion, pancreas, gall bladder, circulation, blood, and liver.
There are several ways to eat your dandelions, but before you go out in your yard to pick them, there are a few precautions to consider.
First, if you use chemicals in your yard, those chemicals will get into the dandelions. That's something you don't want to consume.
Second, there are four other plants that look like a dandelion. They are commonly referred to as 'False Dandelion'. While some of my resources say they can't be eaten, I've found some that say they can. Until I do more research on this, I won't recommend eating them.
Third, if you take blood sugar medicine, dandelion can lower blood glucose.
Fourth, dandelion has inulin, a rare fiber that is an allergen for some people.
The information contained in this blog is for educational purposes only and has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.