Yes, those pesky Dandelions are useful and good for you. The greens are high in calcium, rich in iron, low in calories, loaded with antioxidants (those free radical fighting things), tons of minerals, 14% protein (more than even spinach!). Read about some of the health benefits of Dandelions here. Try to get all the flowers and stems out of your mix. They make things even more bitter.
If you are foraging for your own greens, be sure to pick fields or yards you know aren't being sprayed with herbicides. All of our yards haven't been treated with herbicides for years.
Dandelion Green Recipes:
- Dandelion Greens with a Kick (All recipes)
- Dandelion Greens with Onion and Garlic
- How to Cook bitter leaves
Also, remember you can use the roots of dandelions as well for detoxifying the body. Here are some tips on harvesting and using your own roots.