I’m going to share more about how I utilize wild plants (wild edibles) in my life. Starting with the well known dandelion.
Even though it’s considered a weed, by most, it holds a ton of benefits. For the landscape, the ecosystem it’s a part of, and for consumption by humans.
Plant to Plant Benefits
If you’ve ever dug one up, maybe you noticed it’s long root in the middle. That’s called a taproot, which makes dandelion a great companion plant. It’s long taproot helps brings up nutrient to the shallow-rooting plants it surrounds. Which aids in adding minerals and nitrogen to the soil. Dandelions attract pollinating insects… which, well basically helps the world rotate and us all survive.
Plant to Human Benefits
There are 3 main edible parts to the dandelion; the leaves, root, and flowers.
Leaves- Can be added to salads
– Dried & Stored -Blanched & Frozen
Root- Dried, stored, and made into tea
Flower- Added to salads, and many other recipes
– Dried, stored, and made into tea
One cup of raw dandelion greens contains 112% of your daily required intake of vitamin A and 535% of vitamin K!
How I Use Dandelion
I’ve experimented quite a bit with Dandelion! Here are a few ways I’ve incorporated it…
Greens on a salad
Greens blended up for a juice, or added to fresh juice
Dandelion flower infused oil for sore muscles (see photo below)
Dehydrated/Dried for tea
When harvesting anything from the wild, make sure you’re harvesting from somewhere safe. You probably don’t want to eat a dandelion that has grown out of a gutter, or near a drainage ditch. Also, always wash before consuming!