Dandelions are a Superfood? Those bright yellow weeds that pop up in the lawn? Yes, that’s what we are talking about. Get ready to have your mind blown!
Dandelions are some of the most nutritionally dense greens you can eat; far more nutritious than kale or spinach. They are full of vitamins and antioxidants and a half cup of dandelion greens has more calcium than a glass of milk! The greens are also a good source of Vitamins C, A and K. Dandelions are rich in potassium, giving them a strong diuretic quality as well as making them an excellent blood detoxifier. Dandelions are noted for their ability to stabilize blood sugar, making them an excellent supplement for diabetics.
My Dandelion Childhood
Picture this scene: I’m 8 years old and new to the neighborhood. I am desperate to make new friends because school starts in a few weeks. While chatting away to some of the neighborhood kids, I see my mother out of the corner of my eye with a big bowl. One of the kids asks, “Umm, why is your mom picking weeds out of the yard?” My response, “I think she has a lot of water.” *crickets*
The weed my mom was harvesting? Dandelions. Yep, that evil little weed that threatens the tranquil sea of green on a perfect lawn. I grew up very aware of its health benefits; notably its use as a diuretic (my mother always said she had “a lot of water” when she was retaining…