Though some see dandelion flowers as a weedy pest, the beautiful pops of vibrant yellow are actually incredible sources of nutrients and have wonderful health benefits! The accessible flower is a versatile plant that grows in just about all conditions. It can survive with little water, lots of heat, or even against freezing temperatures. It is to say, dandelions are the mighty flower who could. On top of that, the small, gentle plant holds a miraculous array of superpowers and medicinal properties. The entirety of a dandelion is edible. Yes, that’s right––the entire plant, root to flower, can be eaten and the entirety of it is good for you.
According to Healthline.com, dandelion greens are excellent sources of vitamin A, C, K, and E, as well as folate and small amounts of B vitamins. They furthermore offer several minerals including iron, calcium, magnesium, and potassium. The root of the dandelion contains a soluble fiber, carbohydrate inulin, that is known to support growth of the healthy bacteria in the digestive tract. Dandelions are also full of antioxidants, making them a crusader against free radicals and powerful fighters for cell health. They contain both beta carotene and polyphenol compounds, both of which may neutralize harmful free radicals and help protect against chronic disease.
Known to reduce cholesterol and triglyceride levels, as well as aiding in blood sugar management, and helping to fight inflammation, dandelions are something we highly encourage adding to your plate! In fact, we have a dandelion salad recipe we love ourselves!
Prepare the produce.
Wash and dry all produce. Thinly slice half the small red onion. Peel and cut half the jicama into matchsticks. Cut one grapefruit in half and squeeze the juice into a bowl. Place matchstick jicama into bowl with grapefruit and let sit. Cut the peel off the second grapefruit and separate wedges. Remove and discard the membranes. Zest and cut your lemon in half.
Prepare your vinaigrette.
Whisk together the lemon zest and juice, red wine vinegar and some salt and pepper to taste until salt is fully dissolved. Whisk in the honey, then add the olive oil. Whisk until it is fully emulsified.
In a large bowl toss spinach and dandelion greens, red onion, grapefruit wedges, and as much vinaigrette as you would like together.
Serve immediately and enjoy!
But wait... If you aren't a fan of salads, they luckily aren't the only option for introducing dandelions into your diet!
Salads are just one of many delicious ways to introduce dandelions into your diet. Another way that is our favorite is with a cup of hot dandelion tea! We suggest pouring boiling water over several fresh dandelions (always rinse them first). Then letting them steep for 3-5 minutes. Afterward, pour, add honey (or preferred sweetener) to taste and enjoy! If you do prefer a classic dried flower tea bag, many stores carry them!
Because dandelions have so much to offer, we include them in several of our formulas. You can find the super-flower in all of our following products: