"I praise you because I am fearfully and
wonderfully made; your works are
wonderful, I know that full well."
Many people think of dandelions as pesky weeds, but in several countries they are cultivated for their nutrient qualities and health promoting properties.
Dandelions are rich in potassium, calcium, and antioxidants. One cup of chopped raw dandelion greens is said to provide 112% of daily vitamin A requirements.
Every part of the plant is edible, and can be used in different ways.
The flowers, for example, are sweet and crunchy, and can be eaten raw. They can also be used to make dandelion wine, or as yellow coloring.
The greens can be steamed, stir fried, or added to soups and salads, and the roots are often dried, roasted, and used as a coffee substitute.
Dandelions are a natural diuretic, and have been used in folklore to treat liver and kidney disorders.