24 Little-Known Uses for Dandelions From Baking and Pain Relief to Quickly Removing Warts
Nothing keeps those pesky yellow weeds occasionally appearing in your garden, not even picking or poisoning them. They always come back.
So maybe now is the time to accept the persistent dandelion and all of its benefits.
Dandelion’s Health Benefits
Throughout years, dandelion has been used in the treatment of various health problems, such as kidney disease, liver problems, appendicitis and heartburn.
Starting from its roots, up to its blossoms, dandelion is completely edible. It’s extremely rich in vitamins A, B, C, D and minerals like potassium, iron, and zinc.
Several benefits of consuming your weeds:
- Its leaves contain higher amounts of beta carotene than carrots, so they are excellent for eye vision.
- The greens supply our body with 535% of the recommended daily vitamin K intake, crucial for avoiding cognitive decline and strengthening bones.
- Tea from dandelion root was shown to cause death of leukemia cells, but not on healthy cells, according to a 2011 study.
- Dandelion is a diuretic which assist kidneys in the elimination of excess water, salt and waste through production of urine. Maybe this is the reason why kids in Europe are said they ill wet their beds if they pick dandelions.
- Dandelion contains high amounts of antioxidants, thus warding off cancer, premature aging, and other diseases provoked by oxidative stress.
- Many studies on animals proved that the root and leaves of dandelion balance the cholesterol levels.
- Dandelion extract is proven to increase the immune system and fight against microbes.
- This plant can also aid the digestive system, since the root can function as a mild laxative, while fresh or dried dandelion can settle the stomach and stimulate appetite. This was proven by the University of Maryland Medical Center.
24 Incredible Dandelion Uses
In the Kitchen
Since this plant is completely edible, it can be combined in various ways in the kitchen.
1. Sautéed Greens and Garlic
Dandelion greens contain high amounts of vitamins and minerals, and therefore are healthy addition to any meal. If you sauté them with garlic, or capers or ginger, you will balance the bitterness that sometimes can appear from there leaves.
Dipping them in boiling water for about 20-30 seconds will lower the acrid taste. Don’t use mature dandelion leaves since they can be unpleasant. Click here to see this delicious recipe.
2. Pumpkin Seed Dandelion Pesto
The pesto prepared with dandelion greens, pumpkin seeds, parmesan, and lemon juice is a nutritious and delicious one perfect for sandwich spread, simple pasta, or veggie dip. Here’s how to prepare it.
3. Tempura Blossoms
Separated dandelion flowers from the green parts can be fried and dipped in seasoned batter. You’ll get attractive and delicious side dish or a snack. Check out the recipe here.
4. Herbal Vinegar
Prepare a dandelion vinegar by soaking its flowers in apple cider vinegar. Allow them to stay 4 weeks, and then strain and keep them in dark place for about 12 months. You can use this vinegar in dressings, stews, soups, sauces, on salads, or drink it as a revitalizing tonic. Here’s how to prepare the infusion.
5. Vegetarian Risotto
Use the dandelion flower to make a jewel-like vegetarian risotto. They provide the mild sweet taste and the visual appeal, while the wine, onion, parmesan, and creamy yogurt add a rich flavor and smooth texture. Follow this recipe here.
This is an alternative side dish to the Korean kimchi prepared with cabbage. Instead, this one uses dandelion greens, which are fermented with herbs, green onions, spices, and soy sauces, as explained in the recipe.
7. Savory Muffins
Dandelion petals can be used for preparation of savory muffins, together with oatmeal, whole wheat flour, and honey. The best way to serve them is with spring time soups like green pea and asparagus. Here’s how to make them.
8. Petal Sorbet
Use fresh dandelion blossoms together with honey, sugar, and lemon juice to prepare a tasty iced treat during the hot summer days. Check out the full recipe here.
The jelly from dandelions are sweet and delicious as honey. You can use it on top of crumpets, toasts etc. Keep it in airtight container for up to 2 weeks, but make sure you use it at least in the first week. Here’s the full recipe.
10. Pancake and Waffle Syrup
The pancake syrup is really delicious but full with preservatives and artificial additives. In order to avoid them but still keep the lovely taste, you can make your own syrup from dandelions, honey or sugar, and lemon in 2 days. The whole process is explained here.
11. Dandelion Blossom Cake
It’s a delicious sweet and a bit tropical cake prepared with dandelion syrup, cinnamon, blossom petals, walnuts, pineapple, and coconut. We’re sure your whole family will enjoy in this healthy dessert. Check out this recipe here.