During the seasons of Spring, Summer, and Fall, many types of leafy vegetables are available at supermarkets and farmers markets. It is nice to see all that greenery and especially if we’ve been told that we need to eat healthily. We often navigate towards the darker leafy vegetables with the hope that they have an abundance of health benefits that will avoid us visiting the doctor too often.
There is no doubt that there are a lot of leafy vegetables and herbs to help us stay healthy. But do we know all of them? Or better yet, can we pronounce all of their names?
What is Dandelion
Just the name Dandelion, sounds like a character from a children’s book. It could even be part of Narnia – just joking.
Dandelion is sold in the same section as leafy green vegetables. It is categorized as both a flower and herb because of its usages. Its properties and usages are very beneficial.
Dandelion, pronounced dan·duh·lai·uhn is a family of flowering plants that grow in many parts of the world and is highly nutritious. The French translation is dent-de-lion, meaning lion’s tooth. That definitely should be related to children’s books.
On a serious note, Dandelion is full of antioxidants with great health benefits. It is an excellent source of several vitamins such as A, B, C, E, and K. It contains a substantial amount of iron, calcium, potassium, and magnesium.
Webmd.com, the website states that Dandelion is used for loss of appetite, upset stomach, intestinal gas, gallstones, joint pain, muscle aches, eczema, and bruises. Dandelion is also used to increase urine production and as a laxative to increase bowel movements. It is also used as a skin toner, blood tonic, and digestive tonic.
This definitely makes Dandelion an important herb to know about.
Where to find Dandelion
Dandelion can be found in several supermarkets and farmers’ markets. It is sold both fresh, frozen and dried. And surprisingly you can even find it in your own vegetable garden if you want to cultivate it with your other veggies.
Dandelion tea is often sold as a detox tea. The taste can be a bit strong for some people. Many people drink it straight and others with a tiny pinch of salt or with sugar.
Dandelion is mostly added to salad. But you can also add it to vegetables stews. It is mildly bitter and with other ingredients it makes an excellent addition to any side dishes or plant-based meals.