Dandelions for Dinner
Think twice before cursing the dandelions growing in your lawn. Instead of muttering “nasty weeds,” consider that “tasty dinner” might be a more appropriate response. One of the main ingredients in our Chickpea and Tomatillo Stew with Wilted Dandelion Greens, that weed is actually a delicious green that’s loaded with nutrients.
When picked while they’re young and tender, dandelion greens can be quite sweet, though as they grow the leaves take on a mild bitterness and a rich minerality.
An excellent source of potassium, dandelion greens help promote a healthy heart rate and regulate blood pressure. With a whopping 535 percent of the recommended daily value of vitamin K, dandelion greens can help strengthen bones and fight Alzheimer’s disease. They’re also rich in antioxidants, a good source of vitamins A and C, calcium, and iron, and may protect against cancer. And they taste great, too.