Dandelion

Dandelion (Photo credit: james.thompson)

Lurking in your yard and in your garden there is a weed that is reviled across the nation as one of the most insidious pests to ever poke its head through the soil of yard or garden. It has spawned a legion of weed pulling devises, lawn treatments and flat out poisons to try to eradicate it. But even with armies of people aggressively trying to concur it, this tenacious weed has refused to be controlled, refused to surrender, it has beaten us as a race and it stands proud in it’s weedyness.

So why do I your humble poormansprepper, set finger to keyboard to tell you about this worthless little rapscallion of a plant? What does this weed have anything to do about being prepared? Why oh why Jeff are you returning after so long to tell us something that we already know, Dandelions such and they are heard to rid our gardens of? Let me answer that by running down some statistics for you

 

According to http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2441/2

1 cup of Dandelion greens has

Vitamin A 112%

Vitamin C 32%

Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol) 9%

Vitamin K 535%

Thiamin 7%

Riboflavin 8%

Niacin 2%

Vitamin B6 7%

Folate 4%

Oh Wait you say I already have vitamin supplements, well then what about minerals???

 

Calcium 10%

Iron 9%

Magnesium 5%

Phosphorus 4%

Potassium 6%

Sodium 2%

Zinc 2%

Copper 5%

Manganese 9%

For those of you that keep score that is better than Popeye’s favorite can of spinach.

You can cook them (like you would spinach) or have them in your best salad mix. And I am told that the cleaned and roasted roots make a passable coffee substitute.

Now that you are completely sold on the greens green, a few words of caution

1) Always make sure that you know FOR SURE that you are eating Dandelions

2) Make sure that where ever you are getting them from that they have not been treated with pesticides.

I have included several links to pages that I use that have been written by people far smarter that I am.

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/eating-dandelions.html

http://bob-ewing.hubpages.com/hub/Harvesting-and-Eating-Dandelions

So go out, have fun, freak your kids out and eat a weed, it just might be good for you .

 

Jeff