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Dandelion
Dandelion

  • Price: $5.50

A perennial herb found along roadsides, in meadows and lawns. Dandelion grows in the Northern Hemisphere so it is not frost tender. It likes to be in full sun. It is not so fussy with soil types but prefers good drainage. It can grow like a weed in unused pastures. It is an expensive coffee substitute, the root is used dried and roasted. 100g of the raw leaves contain about 2.7g. protein, 9.2g. carbohydrate, 187mg Calcium, 66mg phosphorus, 3.1mg iron, 76mg sodium, 397mg potassium, 36mg magnesium, 14000iu vitamin A, 0.19mg vitamin B1, 0.26mg vitamin B2, 35mg vitamin C. Root - raw or cooked. Bitter. A turnip-like flavour. (Ref: PFAF - see link).

Comments Warnings : The plant has several culinary and medicinal uses. The specific name officinalis refers to its value as a medicinal herb. The flowers are used to make dandelion wine, the greens are used in salads, the roots have been used to make a coffee substitute (when baked and ground into powder) and the plant was used by Native Americans as a food and medicine. Ref: Wikipedia - see link