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 Post subject: Food Item: Dandelions
PostPosted: Sun Nov 14, 2010 2:50 am 
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Food Item: Dandelions

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The dandelion is a healthful, great tasting weed you can eat
http://www.backwoodshome.com/articles/williamsc44.html

By Carol Williams

Image Want to eat a weed? One that's easy to find and tastes great? Just start hunting for those first spring dandelions.

The dandelion's true name is Taraxacum Officinale, which means "the official remedy for disorders."

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Modern science has analyzed dandelion greens. They are a good source of calcium, potassium, vitamin A, and vitamin C. They have twice as much vitamin A in a one-cup serving than most vitamin pills. They also have as much calcium as a children's vitamin or half a glass of milk. That's more than most other vegetables. Without vitamin A, people have eye problems and have trouble fighting infections. Vitamin A helps kids grow tall and keeps skin healthy. Calcium keeps bones strong and growing and nerves working right. --- continued at link, above ---


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 15, 2010 2:08 am 
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Dandelions: Making them Yummy!

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Making dandelions palatable
http://www.backwoodshome.com/articles2/kallas82.html

By John Kallas, Ph.D

Image We've heard stories about how good dandelions are. What one usually hears from enthusiastic wild food promoters is, "All you need to do is find very young dandelion leaves in the early spring, before the flower stalks appear. If you do this they won't be bitter. They'll be the most delicious and nutritious fresh greens you will ever eat."

Well my friends, that was not reflected in my early or continuing experiences with the plant. Was I doing something wrong? Why is it that you hear and read such good things about a plant that, even in its youth, is often excruciatingly bitter?

What I'm going to do is explain to you why I think that dandelions are indeed mostly bitter in the raw form—at almost any age—and share with you the secrets of transforming those same dandelions into the genuinely delicious food that so many rave about. We'll also dispel some misconceptions and old folk tales so you can get some practical use out of this abundant food source.. --- Continued at link, above ---

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    Understanding the "bitter"
    Managing the bitterness away


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 15, 2010 2:10 am 
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Dandelions: Recipes

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Dandelion recipes
http://www.backwoodshome.com/articles2/otoole82.html

By Tom and Joanne O’Toole

For dandelion gourmets there are many ways to prepare this amazing weed, and to include it in soups, salads, main courses, desserts, and wine.

Here are a few recipes you might want to try. --- continued at link, above ---

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    Dandelion soup
    Dandelion salad with eggs
    Italian dandelion casserole
    Dandelion wine


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