Are they as good for you as I hear??
What will they do for me? What part can I use? Recipes?? I need to know... so I found some great details along with the "who said what" details.
All parts of the dandelion are edible and have medicinal and culinary uses. It has long been used as a liver tonic and diuretic.
In addition, the roots contain inulin and levulin, starchlike substances that may help balance blood sugar, as well as bitter taraxacin, which stimulates digestion.
Dandelion roots can be harvested during any frost-free period of the year and eaten raw, steamed, or even dried, roasted and ground into a coffee substitute. The flowers are best known for their use in dandelion wine, but they also can be added to a salad, made into jellies or dipped in batter to make dandelion fritters.
The leaves are rich in potassium, antioxidants, and vitamins A and C. Dandelion greens can be eaten raw, steamed, boiled, sautéed or braised. For use in salads, greens should be harvested from new plants while still small and tender, before the first flower emerges. Larger greens tend to be tougher and more bitter, and better suited for cooking
The sunny yellow flowers of the dandelion plant add beta-carotene, vitamin C, iron and other nutrients
Dandelions scientific name is Taraxacum officinale. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) web site, these herbs are rich sources of nutrition including vitamins A, B complex, C, and D and the minerals iron, potassium, and zinc
The herb seems to be helpful for lowering cholesterol, decreasing inflammation and stimulating the appetite, but much more study needs to be done before it can be recommended for medicinal use.
Dandelion is a safe means of eliminating waste through the urine while cleansing the kidneys and the blood. It gets rid of congestion and fluid swelling. This is why the French call it pissenlit. The root is approved in Germany for bile flow obstructions. Early spring roots are used for this. An infusion can be made by steeping the root in hot water for thirty minutes or longer and then letting it cool. The properties of dandelion root are hepatic (nourishes and strengthens the liver); tonic (strengthens and invigorates the system); deobstruent (slowly loosens and removes obstructions); hypnotic (encourages sleep).
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