So what is the ultimate fate of the dandelions in your lawn and garden? This was not my intended post today, but I was weeding my lawn yesterday (yes, weeding by hand, crazy I know – trying to stay organic) and took a snapshot of the bag of dandelions I had pulled. I posted to Instagram and Twitter and I was astounded at the replies I received.
Most friends thought I was planning on eating them. I did whip up some dandelion jelly last year using just the flowers (see recipe here) and I have added very young and very tender leaves to salads, but that’s about it. This batch was simply destined for the compost pile. It got me wondering what I was missing and what everyone else was doing with the bitter greens and roots. So thank you internet, here are some ideas if your lawn is as infested as mine…
Salmon with Dandelion Sauce via the New York Times – this is from 1983 and looks interesting, but I think I was more excited about the cup of heavy cream they used in the sauce. The greens are being used as a nice garnish primarily. It’s Craig Claiborne though so I bet it’s yummy.
Dandelion Green Frittata – This is from Fit Pregnancy and it looks great even if you aren’t preggers. And I think the same process would work with quiche too. Instead of spinach quiche , swap in dandelion greens.
Dandelion Root Coffee – I know my Grandmother did this during the war (1st), but I don’t know if I can bring myself to try it.
and last, but not least, there are loads of suggestions for dandelion green smoothies and this one looked good. I’m not usually a smoothie gal myself but the recommended dose is to start with 1 cup and work your way up. Break out the Vitamix!
So why eat the greens to begin with you ask (or maybe you didn’t but I’m going to tell you anyway since that was my question)… In one cup you can expect 10% of your daily calcium, 1.7 mg. of iron, loads of vitamins A and C, a good dose of folate and loads of other trace minerals. They really are little power houses of nutrition. Oh, and they’re also a diuretic so be warned.
So thank you all my social media friends! You made me take a second look at a pretty little weed and it was well worth it!