Thursday, January 26, 2012

The truth about dandelions!

Dandelions are not weed! They are wild vegetables. Greek mythology, Hecate fed dandelions Theseus for 30 days so that he would
become powerful enough to defeat the Minotaur. Even if it is just the stuff of legend, this story gives us a glimpse as to the powerful properties of the humble dandelion.

In fact, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said that the dandelions are more nutritious than broccoli and spinach. Attractive to birds and deer, these wild vegetables are excellent food for gerbils, pigs, cows, horses and poultry.

Do you know that in Pueblo, Colorado, it is illegal to grow dandelions? These people are certainly much. Dandelions may taste bitter, but if harvested and cooked to the right, they can be delicious while they are downright nutritious.

And here are a few more little known facts. Dandelions have a medicinal value as a diuretic. fats and cholesterol cutter; analgesic gas; treatment of renal calculi; Hunter of cancer and diabetes; cleaning of blood; reducing weight; Sharpener vision; treatment of skin and acne. regulator of intestinal functions; blood pressure controller; and the solution of the problem of anaemia.

Dandelions may season beverages and juices; and can be used in recipes for salads, omelettes, gelatins, quiche, soup, pasta dishes, breads, pizza, sauce, dips, spreads, pies, cookies, jellies, waffles, Donuts, and pudding. And did we mention the ice cream?

All parts of the dandelion are useful. The leaves can be cooked as vegetables table; flowers transformed into wine and jelly; and last but not least, root can be transformed into coffee. Then the next time you pass by a field of dandelions, note just out how yellow the whole place looks - choose some along the way and try them for lunch!

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