Since the flavor of dandelion is very strong and its effects powerful, just adding a few leaves to your salads is a great way to start to incorporate it into your diet. If you juice regularly, adding a few leaves to your green juice is another great way to consume dandelion greens.
Dandelion has great detoxifying effects on the liver and kidneys. Just in time for ‘spring cleaning’, dandelion arrives like a weed to assist you.
For the kidneys, dandelion is a diuretic and also has disinfecting properties, keeping the kidneys flowing and inhibiting infections of the urinary tract. Also, because it is a diuretic, dandelion greens may assist diabetics with blood sugar regulation. Increased urination means that the body is removing excess sugar more rapidly, a great help for anyone with high blood sugars.
Can you really dig up your weeds and eat them? Yes, if they aren’t sprayed! Wild dandelion greens are stronger and more bitter than cultivated dandelions so if you’re not used to the flavor you may want to look at the supermarket or farmer’s market and start there. If you already like bitter flavors, then definitely start digging. The leaves will be more tender when the plant is young; they get tougher and stronger in flavor once the plant flowers.
Because dandelion greens are so bitter, they stand up to bold flavors. You can sauté them with lots of garlic and chili flakes, or pair them in a salad with sweet strawberries to balance the bitterness.
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