All About: Dandelions
Some see them as a weed and others as a dainty little flower. Either way, they grow in absolute abundance so shouldn’t we get some usage out of them while we can?
I think so!
This little guy is edible from root to petal with an abundance of vitamins and minerals ready to be absorbed, basically the superfood of all super foods. Major bonus points for being conveniently located in your backyard! Do I hear organic? Oh yeahhhhh.
Anatomy & Benefits
1 cup chopped equals to roughly 25 calories
112% Daily Value (DV) of Vitamin A
32% DV of Vitamin C
535% DV of Vitamin K
Rich in Iron and calcium
(Daily Value (DV) is based of a 2,000 calorie diet)
Good source of
Natural Diuretic effect
Supports liver health
rich in antioxidants
natural method for fighting bacteria
Each section of the dandelion can be prepped individually for a unique spring and summertime dish. Below are three recipes that showcase each part differently.
Dandelion Tea (with petals)
What you’ll need:
1 cup dandelion heads
1/4 cup to 1/2 cup mint
1 mason jar
raw honey or maple syrup (optional)
Gather roughly 1 c. of dandelion heads. Be sure they aren’t from an area sprayed with pesticides, near railroad tracks, etc. I also have mint growing in my yard so I used that too for a little extra flavor. 1/4 c. to 1/2 c. should be perfect!
Rinse off all that you collected. I would do this 2-3 times making sure there’s nothing you don’t want in there.
Grab your mason jar and place the ingredients inside. Fill boiling water to the top and let sit for 1-2 hours.
After letting it sit, strain the tea so there’s no particles intermixed. You may need to strain more than once.
If you choose to sweeten it, combine 1 tbsp. of warm & runny raw honey or maple syrup.
Enjoy either hot or cold!
Spinach & Dandelion Green Salad
What you’ll need:
large handful of dandelion greens (chopped and washed)
large handful of baby spinach
one whole lemon
2 tbsp. walnuts
1/4 cup of feta cheese
4-5 medjool dates (quartered)
4-5 large strawberries (diced)
10 cherry tomatos (halved)
black pepper to taste
After collecting and washing and chopping the dandelion, combine with spinach in a large bowl
Incorporate juice of one whole lemon to mixture
Add in rest of ingredients and mix throughly
Top with black pepper and a dressing of your choosing
Take a photo with your salad bowl because what you made is pure cold ;)
Dandelion Root Coffee
What you'll need:
50-60 dandelion roots
Collect a large batch of dandelion roots (50-60) , or you could purchase some if you don't want to do the dirty work
Organic Dandelion Root
If you foraged your own then follow the next few steps:
Wash dandelion roots as throughly as possible
Cut into small chip like pieces
Place onto dehydrator tray and let dry
Once completely dried, place roots onto an oven tray and roast for 30 minutes in 200 degree oven
Allow to fully cool and then place roots into coffee grinder. You may have to do multiple rounds. It will now be a chunky yet powdery consistency.
Lower oven temperature to 180 degrees and roast once again for 5 minutes
To prepare coffee mix 6 tbsp. of dandelion coffee grinds with 500 mL of boiling water. Let seep for 30 minutes and strain into saucepan. Heat to desired temperature.
My Favorite Coffee Ad-ins:
I like to keep it simple most days with just two ingredients. Blend the two with your dandelion coffee and you'll have one frothy cup of joe!
Wishing you successful foraging wherever you are!