Saturday, March 22, 2008

Isn't it Dandelion?

Two weeks ago, snow covered the grass in Nashille. Today, dandelions have popped up all over the area. I much prefer the sunny, yellow flowers as they are so cheery.

While many people consider dandelions to be weeds, the leaves and blooms are actually edible. Young leaves are good in salads, while older leaves are better cooked. Raw dandelion leaves do tend to be a bit bitter. The blooms are also edible, but their most popular use is in dandelion wine or dandelion jam. There is a dandelion drink - Dandelion and Burdock - in the UK. An interesting fact is that one cup of dandelion greens provides 54% of the daily requirement of Vitamin A while the same amount of broccoli provides only 12%. It also provides more calcium, iron and Vitamin K than broccoli.

If you're interested in trying out some dandelion recipes, you can get some good ones here.

Have you ever eaten dandelions?


Fénix - Bostonscapes said...

Didja know you can make coffee with dandelion roots? Naturally decaffeinated to boot! ;D

Have a lovely weekend.

Clueless in boston said...

How 'bout dandelion wine?

Your pictures with the D40 are great.

George Townboy said...

Awesome shot!

I need a D40, quick!

oldmanlincoln said...

You can do a lot with dendelions including making wine as clueless mentioned. We always ate the leaves and to me/us they are better than any other greens for salad or for fried with bacon and onions.

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