Why Should You Eat Dandelion Greens?

dandelion Plant

I see people pulling their dandelion, cursing it, kicking it and spraying chemicals all around it.

What people don’t know is that this jagged edged green weed that causes them so much trouble is a powerhouse healing herb full of worthy nutrients.

Most everyone could prosper from the high content of Vitamins A, C and E that this herb imparts.

Dandelion is free, grows without care and then we pull it up and poison it, what an interesting paradox. What we need is right in front of us, yet we go to extended trouble to eradicate it. This gives us a glimpse into our sometimes upside down relationship with nature.

The fruitful uses of this plant go on and on. Its’ nutritive qualities alone are reason enough to incorporate it into your diet.

Dandelion leaf is a mineral rich, bitter tonic that is one of
the best herbs to munch on in summer salads.

I put it into my salad and salad dressings.

Dandelion leaf is bitter which is a flavor that we need more of in our diet. The common American menu is laden with sugar and low quality salt. Sweet and salty are the tastes that most people crave. If bitters are new territory, it can take a little getting used to. Once you take up residence with bitter foods you notice how much more robust your digestion is and you too will develop a hankering for more bitter flavors in your dinner.

dandelion greens in a basket

The bitter taste of dandelion leaf increases the flow of saliva which contains antibacterial substances and enzymes that support the breakdown of your food.

Dandelion leaf not only enhances saliva production but stimulates digestive secretions throughout the digestive tract. It enhances the strength of peristalsis and stimulates the flow of stomach secretions and other helpful digestive substances.

The salivation that is stimulated by the bitter flavor of dandelion is an invaluable aspect of nutrient assimilation. This initial digesting and disinfection is done in the mouth so the rest of the digestive tract doesn’t have to do it. It isn’t something that makes a difference in one day, but over time, a lifestyle of taking bitter; saliva enhancing herbs means better health.

Try mincing up 4 or 5 fresh dandelion leaves from your weed patch the next time you make salad. Cut the leaves into very small pieces and mix them in with the rest of your fresh salad greens or cooked greens.

Soon you will tell others about the joy of bitterness!

Dandelion Greens

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What do u think about juicing them up with some fruits and such?


I love them in egg dishes!


I think I’ll put a few in my pesto tonight.


When I was just little (50 years or so ago) My Dad made something very similar to the recipe below as soon as the dandelion began to show. It wasn’t one of my favorites back then, but I’ve learned to appreciate it more over the years for it’s nutritional value.



How about dandy lion tea? Same benifitsas eating them


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Let’s not forget the flowers!! I make Dandelion Flower Syrup and put the flower petals in white cake batter and muffins. Just like eating sunshine!


Dandy lion wine ??


My mom a would make us pick them every spring


Poke Salad in the south


How about dandelion wine folks


How about dandelion wine


When is the best time of year for dandelion greens, I was thinking that in the spring they would not be quite so bitter.