Dandelion Greens ~ Powerful Spring Tonic/ Recipe

Dandelion Greens ~ Powerful Spring Tonic/ Recipe, spring dandelions, health benefits, blood builder and liver cleanser, tonic for spring

Bright yellow dandelions are showing up in lawns all over America signifying that spring is here. People rush out to apply weed-killer or spend hours digging them. But just a few dandelion plants make powerful spring tonics and the leaves and roots are excellent medicinal herbs. If prepared properly, the leaves also makes a fine tasting dish. We made it special tonight for an early dinner, and I thought I would share it with you. But, first a little info:

When the old timers made their spring tonics the main ingredient was dandelion. Dandelion is a diuretic and liver stimulant, restoring the system after months of a more sedentary lifestyle during winter weather.

Dandelion roots contain detoxifiers that purge various body poisons associated with constipation, joint inflammation, gout, acne, fluid retention, and urinary disorders. Dandelion root tea is a great liver stimulant and has been used to treat alcoholism. Dandelion stimulates bile flow and aids in fat digestion.

Dandelion leaves also contain high concentrations of Vitamins A, D, C, K, and B, iron, silicon, magnesium, zinc, manganese and are one of the richest sources of potassium known to man. Roots are gathered in the fall and prepared like potatoes. Just scrape, slice and boil. This is probably some work, but could be an emergency food if you need something. The leaves and flowers can be eaten raw in tossed salads. The raw leaves are very alkaline and purify and build the blood, cleanse and regenerate cells.

Directions to make a ‘mess of greens’ with sausage and onions for 4 , you will need:

  • ~a big bowl for gathering
  • ~ a sharp knife or scissors
  • ~ an spray-free yard (with no pets) where dandelions grow
  • ~ approximately 8-10 big spring dandelions, washed and cut to 1 1/2 – 2 “
  • ~ 3-4 rounded TBSP virgin coconut oil
  • ~ 1-2 big organic onions (we love caramelized onion with this to add natural sweetness)
  • ~ your choice of sausage (we used Trader Joe’s Sweet Apple chicken sausage)
  • ~4 -12 organic potatoes, depending on size, roasted or steamed in a separate pan
  • ~ sea salt, black pepper, or garlic to taste
  • ~ Balsamic or organic apple cider vinegar, to taste, drizzled over greens, optional

Double or triple the amount for more people.

Dandelions are quite bushy, tender, and sweeter at this time of year. Gather up the whole plant right and cut 1″ above the ground, or pull if you want the root to make tea for further detoxing. When cooked, the leaves act like spinach or chard, and cook down quite a lot, so gather a bit more than you think you’ll need.

Dandelion Greens ~ Powerful Spring Tonic/ Recipe, pulling dandelions with the root

Wash with Dr. Wood’s Castile Soap or another veggie wash, rinsing several times to remove any remaining grit.

Dandelion Greens ~ Powerful Spring Tonic/ Recipe, washed greens for cookingIn a big stainless or cast iron skillet, melt the coconut oil and cut in onion(s). Sauté until the onions get browned edges and toss the greens in the oil to coat and cook tender. Cook the sausage in a separate pan unless fully-cooked. Once you are sure the meat is fully cooked, add it to the skillet and let flavors mix and the sausage brown fully. Use lid to give a final steaming and serve hot with roasted or steamed potatoes.

Dandelion Greens ~ Powerful Spring Tonic/ Recipe, dandelion greens with caramelized onions and sausage

This is a delicious, relatively inexpensive, healthful and gluten-free meal. I think nutrient-dense foods are more filling and you can eat less. Your body is satisfied.

Dandelion Greens ~ Powerful Spring Tonic/ Recipe, sausage, onions and greens, spring tonic

We will eat variations of this meal several times and make tea until it gets hot and the leaves get bitter and tough. I hope you enjoy eating for life! Bon appétit!

Dandelion Greens ~ Powerful Spring Tonic/ Recipe, botanical print of dandelion plant

Other God-given wonders of the dandelion are:

~The white sap from the dandelion stem can be used to remove warts (be careful to protect the surrounding skin before application of the corrosive sap). It will require repeated applications to get rid of the wart.

~Dandelion is Taraxacum officinale, which means the “Official Remedy for Disorders.” It is so well respected, in fact, that it appears in the U.S. National Formulatory, and in the Pharmacopeias of Hungary, Poland, Switzerland, and the Soviet Union. It is one of the top 6 herbs in the Chinese herbal medicine chest.

~Dandelion can lower your serum cholesterol by as much as half.

* Use dandelion with caution if you have gallbladder disease. Never use dandelion if you have an obstructed bile duct or ulcers. Always consult with your doctor before using any herbal remedy.

On dandelions: “If you can’t beat them, eat them.” ~James A. Duke, botanist

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27 Responses to Dandelion Greens ~ Powerful Spring Tonic/ Recipe

  1. Judith says:

    I just love seeing what is already growing in other places. We had unseasonably warm weather last week for March. It was beautiful!! Tonight we have the wood stove burning again as it is going back down to 21F. So, I am waiting for our dandelions to pop up!! I am going to print this post and try this out. I have put them in salads but not for a long time. Thanks so much!!

  2. farmlife chick says:

    Love this post! I am really getting into dandelions and can’t wait till they start sprouting up everywhere!!

    Your blog is beautiful! Grabbing your button!

    • Jacqueline says:

      Thank you for your kind words, farmlife chick! I am wondering why more people don’t appreciate the health value of this ‘weed’…even though they are troublesome to my garden beds :)you

  3. We’ve been eating dandelions too. Last week I made Dandelion Bread and Fried Dandelion Blossoms. The bread was delicious with butter and honey. The Fried Dandelion Blossoms were also good although some of the kids didn’t like them very well. I’ll definitely be trying the greens soon as well. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

    • Leigh Earle says:

      Sweet bread and dandelion blossoms .. I would love to have the recipes <3 !!

      • Jacqueline says:

        Leigh, When we lived at the farm, we used to collect dandelion blossoms and roll them in freshly ground whole wheat flour and a bit of cornmeal, olive oil, baking soda, milk, cinnamon, salt, and an egg or two to make a batter like pancakes (don’t hold me to the exact ingredients). We would stir in the washes flowers and buds, and we would make a fritter/pancake to be topped with maple syrup and butter. It was wonderful and the children loved it…just use your favorite pancake recipe and add those bright little ‘suns’. Blessings!

  4. JES says:

    This was very interesting, Jacqueline! After reading My Side of the Mountain years back, we learned this kind of plant was edible through a recipe book the author did but I didn’t realize how healthy it all is for you. Excellent information.

  5. Kasey says:

    I knew it was edible but I had no idea it was healthy! I can’t wait to tell my kiddos! Thank you!!

  6. Tesha says:

    Wow how wonderful…I never knew! So dandelions are not just for bouquets, picked by loving children to give mommies. How those sweet little flowers have warmed my heart, when they are clutched in a child’s hand.

  7. At the word “tonic” I was expecting to see a liquid… but when i scrolled down I’m not kidding you that tears came to my eyes. That dinner is EXACTLY what my Oma or Mom used to make when I was little. What a trip down memory lane… I had totally forgotten about sauteed dandelions. It was totally the same, right down to the cider vinegar. Thank you.

    Cindy @ Apron Strings and Apple Trees

  8. Justine says:

    Stopping by from the Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways Wednesday Blog Hop! http://queenofsavings.com

  9. Naomi says:

    Jacqueline…I never knew dandelions were more than just beautiful flowers. I learned something new and will have to give it a try. First I gotta get my hands on some dandelions. Thanks for sharing this. It was so informative. :o)

  10. I LOVE your blog! I have always wanted to try dandelions but I must confess, I’m a CHICKEN!! Maybe this year!! ;-D

    Thanks for linking up and sharing this fun with others!!

  11. Cheryl says:

    Is there a time when they are too old or too big to use? My husband was thinking maybe we should only pick the young small ones. Thanks!

  12. Very cool 😉 I’ve heard so many good things about dandelion tonic, and yet I’ve never tried it myself. Maybe this will be the year I give it a shot! We don’t have many dandelions in our yard (not ’cause we spray, we just have lots of other weeds there, lol!), but I’m beginning to see them popping up here and there.

    Thanks for sharing, and for linking up to our Homestead Barn Hop! Blessings!

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  14. Vicki says:

    Just stopped by to let you know how much I enjoyed this post! Since today is National Dandelion Day, I referred to your post in my blog today. You can see it here: http://finefrugality.wordpress.com/2012/04/05/happy-national-dandelion-day/ Thank you so much for a great blog!

  15. Leigh Earle says:

    Very interesting site!!! Would love to have more recipes for this famous tonic.. thank you very much for the info.

  16. jill says:

    Can you preserve these or do you just pick as you cook? This is a really good thing for my family to do we need to detox every once in awhile. Do you have any idea how this helps with alcoholism?

  17. Wonderful article! We will be linking to this particularly great
    post on our site. Keep up the great writing.

  18. Rose says:

    I have been checking out your blog and I must say that I really enjoyed it. Loved all your sewing projects and loads of other stuff on here.

  19. Loretta Patt says:

    Your article mentioned not eating dandelions if you have gallbladder disease. What if you had your gallbladder taken out? Is it okay to eat them? Thanks! I love your site!!!

    • Jacqueline says:

      Hi, Loretta,
      An obstructed bile duct or one prone to passing painful stones is what I was referring to. Dandelion is often a supporting supplement in gallbladder flushes which are designed to remove the stones and sludge without surgery and work well if you follow the protocol. I have several friends who told their doctors that they were going to get second opinions and did their homework. They ended up flushing their own gallbladders with organic apple cider vinegar, olive oil, Epsom salts, and a few other things over a period of 5 days. It is pretty gentle compared to surgery.
      With your gallbladder already removed it will be fine, and you will clean your blood and liver. I especially love to steep the shredded green leaves and take it as tea in the spring; I feel I am quite strengthened :) Blessings and enjoy!

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