Dandelions can be the best weeds, especially when you're trying to survive in the wilderness.
- Why Are Dandelions Important?
- Considerations When Gathering It
- What to Make Out of the Weed
The Best Reasons to Love Dandelions
Why Are Dandelions Important?
Many people tend to categorize the dandelions as weeds. It is not surprising since these can be invasive.
Dandelion Definition: A dandelion is a flowering plant with several health benefits, such as fighting inflammation, help in reducing cholesterol, aid in controlling blood sugar, and etc.
The dandelion benefits, though, are worth noting as well — and they will surprise you.
Read on for more surprising reasons to love the plant. Learn also why you should look for them in a survival situation.
1. The Plant Is Edible
Even in the darkest of times, there is always a little light. Sometimes, it has a yellow tip, a green body, and a brown root.
The plant is an edible “weed” that grows in almost every grassy area or lawn. That's why some people look at them as garden pests.
If you ask me, it may be a good thing they are invasive. They make great survival food and will be abundant when other types of food are scarce.
2. It Can Be Nutritious
The plant is healthy for you and contains different types of vitamins. These include the following:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin A
They may also add some dietary fiber to the body.
As you can see, the plant can healthy. They may even save your life in difficult situations.
Considerations When Gathering It
When gathering dandelion plants, remember the whole plant is edible. You should pull up as much of it as you can.
The leaves, though, are what you want to get since they have the most nutritional value. They're perfect for making dandelion leaves salad!
Once you finish gathering the weed, wash it. If water is not available, be sure the plant is clean enough to eat.
See to it no brown spots or blemishes are present on the plant.
What to Make Out of the Weed
You can eat the dandelion as is. You can also boil it or make tea from it.
This plant can taste like spinach.
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If you want to make a dandelion tea, here are some simple steps:
- Bring some water to a boil.
- Cut up the dandelion leaves and put them in the boiling water.
- Let them steep for 2 minutes.
- Let them cool, filter and pour them into a cup, and enjoy.
You can add honey or sugar to add more flavor.
If you don’t want these “weeds” in your lawn, you may want to consider farming them.
They are easy to garden since they need only water and sun. Growing them in large buckets is ideal.
Check out this video by jnull0 to learn more about growing dandelions:
Dandelions, indeed, are a nutritious and healthy plant that can save your life. The next time you mow the lawn or pull out the weeds, think twice before you kill them!
Do you know the other benefits of a dandelion? Share them in the comments section below.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in May 2016, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.