Dandelions. The bane of a pretty-lawn-seekers existence. What earthly good are dandelions?? WELL!
According to the magazine Birds & Blooms, Apr/May 2017, dandelions make a dandy drink…”Pharmacists in 19th century England made tea from roasted dandelion roots; the drink is still trendy today, thanks to a coffee-like taste and color without the caffeine.” Google dandelion tea for many hits………. even today it’s a desirable drink.
Bet you did not know that dandelion flowers can reach heights of 6 to 24 inches and their roots can be as deep as 10 to 15 feet………..which I can attest to! Every spring, my digger, bucket and I go on a killing spree…….. but now I know why the rascals always come back.
From blossom to root, 100% of this plant is edible “for most people.” (Humm….what might that mean?) A cup of chopped raw dandelion greens provides 112% of the daily requirement for Vitamin A at only 25 calories.