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Related to taraxacum officinale: Arctium lappa
Yes- those weeds growing in your yard- they are God's gift to you. They are better for you than anything you have in your refrigerator. They are a super food and natural medicine. The entire plant is edible, the roots, stem, flower and leaves. It's a blood cleanser, liver cleanser, helps dissolve kidney stones, skin and acne, bowel function, anemia, cholesterol, cancer prevention, gastrointestinal health, reduces gas, indigestion, diabetes, helps manage insulin, stimulates bile secretion, aids digestion and is mildly diuretic and laxative. The milky white sap can be placed on warts, moles and pimples to help eat them off. Dandelions are very high in potassium. The stems can actually be used as drinking straws. The stems, buds and leaves are great in stir frys, steamed, sautéed, eaten raw in salads or in smoothies. A great source of the antioxidants vitamin A and E, which prevent free radical damage... B complex, C, D, calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, phosphorus, sulfur, silicon, sodium, saponins, and phytoestrogens. Used for chronic skin complaints like eczema, acne, gout. Strengthens kidneys, strong diuretic without depleting potassium. Roots are good food source for probiotics (beneficial gut bacteria).Roasted root is coffee substitute. Flowers are sweetest when picked young. They have a sweet, honeylike flavor. Mature flowers are bitter. Dandelion buds (young, unopened flowers) are tastier than the flowers: best to pick these when they are very close to the ground. Good raw or steamed. Also made into wine. Young leaves taste good raw in a salad, or steamed. Dandelion petals look nice sprinkled over rice. Dandelion root- Rich in minerals and trace minerals for bone, cartilage, tendon and ligament formation. Blood cleanser, removes acids from the blood. Fiber, probiotic food source. Dandelion seeds are antibiotic. Bitter to taste, making it great for the liver.
Edible Plant Guide © 2012 Markus Rothkranz