Springtime for Dandelions! Embrace the Abundance

The dandelion is a much maligned plant that is both nutritious and delicious. Dandelion leaves have more fiber, protein, carbs, vitamins (A, C, K) and calories than the superfood spinach. Even the name dent-de-lion is colourful.

People around the world still eat what is generally considered a weed in North America, despite the flower being brought here by colonists who were trying to prevent scurvy with vitamin C rich plants. The plant was particularly favoured by fur traders who got a chance at some fresh salad to mix up their otherwise preserve-based diet.

The Many Uses of Dandelions

  1. Jelly from the flower
  2. Tea from the flower and mature leaves
  3. Coffee from the taproot
  4. Salad from the young leaves
  5. Wine from the flower

The only seemingly useless part of the plant for the average homesteader is the stem which contains a white latex goo that was used by the Americans, Germans and Russians to make rubber during the Second World War. So unless your rubber supplies get low during a world war, feel free to compost the stems!

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5 years ago

Very interesting!