French Dandelion Seeds
The French dandelion is an improved variety that has larger leaves than the common dandelion. This strain features large tender fleshy leaves. Dandelion leaves are very high in minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants. The large leaves are ideal for spring salads or cooked like spinach. Dried and roasted dandelion roots can be used as a delicious coffee substitute. All parts of the dandelion are edible.
Taraxacum officinale sativum ‘Thick-leaved’
Perennial: Hardy in zones 3 to 10
When to Sow: Spring, Late Summer, Early Fall
Light conditions: Full sun to partial shade
Ease of Germination: Easy
Matures in 85 to 95 days
Uses: Culinary, medicinal, beverage
The dandelion is actually an amazing herb that provides countless health benefits. Dandelions are rich in calcium making it good for bone health. It is rich in antioxidants and is used to help treat liver disorders, diabetes, urinary disorders, jaundice, gall bladder disorders, cancer, anemia, high-blood pressure, acne, weight loss, and much more. Dandelion leaves produce a diuretic effect while the roots act as an antiviral agent, appetite stimulant, digestive aid, and may help promote gastrointestinal health. Dandelions also help to improve the immune system. Health care providers clinically use dandelion root to promote liver detoxification and dandelion leaves to support kidney function.
The roots leaves, and flowers of the dandelion can be used to make a tea. Dandelion tea is very medicinal and provides of host of health benefits
Dandelion Tea Benefits
- Promotes the health of the liver and aids in the production of bile
- Stimulates the production of digestive juices
- The stimulating bile production may aid weightloss
- Reduces kidney stones
- Stabilizes blood sugar levels and helps to normalize blood pressure
- Has anti-cancer properties
- Is very rich in minerals and vitamins and anti-oxidants
There are many health benefits dandelions provide that I haven’t listed. One of the reasons the plant provides so many health benefits is because deep root systems that can access a lot of minerals and nutrients.
Dandelion leaves can be used in salads. A quick and easy dandelion salad to make is to use a 1/2 pound of dandelion leaves, 1/2 red onion chopped, two tomatoes chopped, 1/2 teaspoon of dried basil (fresh basil leaves are even better), season with salt and pepper and you’re done. This is a great tasting salad to make.