Dandelion greens are incredibly nutritious and provide a host of health benefits! Despite that, dandelions have been universally despised as a pesky weed. The lowly dandelion is actually an amazing herb. The dried roots of dandelions are very popular as a coffee substitute. The tender dandelion leaves taste great in salads, or even cooked as spinach.
Dandelion Health Benefits
Dandelions are rich in calcium and good for bone health. They are also rich in antioxidants. Dandelions may be used to help treat liver disorders, gall bladder and urinary disorders. It may have anti-cancer properties. It may also help with anemia, high-blood pressure, weight loss, and much more. The leaves have a diuretic effect while the roots act as an antiviral agent, appetite stimulant, digestive aid, and may help promote gastrointestinal health. Some health care providers use dandelion root to promote liver detoxification and the leaves to support kidney function.
Dandelion tea can be purchased here, in Canada, or the USA: Traditional Medicinals Organic Roasted Dandelion Root Herbal Tea – 16 Tea Bags.
If you are located in Canada, and you would like to try growing your own dandelions, you can buy French dandelion seeds here.
How to Grow Dandelions
Dandelions grow best in well-drained, fertile soil with a pH of 7.5; It will tolerate most soil types. Prefers full sun but can tolerate partial shade. Surface sow the seed 6″ apart. For best germination results start the seed indoors in sterilized soil; black earth/peat moss mixture. Transplant outside after risk of frost. Flower, leaves, and roots are all edible. Harvest outer leaves first as you would with lettuce.
Perennial: Hardy in zones 3-10.
When to Sow: Spring, late summer, early fall.
Light conditions: Full sun to partial shade.
Uses: Culinary, medicinal, beverage.
Ease of Germination: Moderate difficulty.
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