Dandelion, uses in cooking

Dandelion, uses in cooking

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The dandelion herbaceous plant that grows mainly in meadows, it is easily recognized by its intense yellow flowers: it is one of those flowers that enchants us with its beauty when spring arrives. The best time to harvest the dandelion it is in February, or in September, before the plant blooms.

One of the most usual ways to consume the dandelion it is served in salads with extra virgin olive oil, salt and leek. The dandelion can be consumed in its entirety, the leaves can be eaten fresh but they can also be dried: from the roots we can extract the juice and then dried and stored in glass jars.

Dandelion, the leaves
The fresh leaves can also be stewed in a pan with oil and garlic and then seasoned with lemon; be added in omelettes, in soups together with nettles and legumes, they are also excellent in vegetable-based flans and in the filling of fresh pasta.

Dandelion for diuretic use
Thanks to the high content of potassium salts, dandelions have high diuretic properties: for the preparation, just put about a dozen dandelion leaves in 1 liter of hot water for about 20 minutes and strain. The infusion should be taken hot and in small doses, 3-4 cups throughout the day.

Pickled dandelion flower buds, the recipe

  1. Boil in 1 liter of vinegar with 2 tablespoons of salt
  2. As soon as it boils, blanch the dandelion buds for two minutes
  3. Drain and let the buds dry for one night on a cotton cloth covered with another cloth
  4. Pot the buds then add laurel, juniper berries and cover with olive oil
  5. Let them rest for at least two weeks before you can taste them

Precaution: when the stem of the flower is broken, you will notice that it secretes a milky white liquid, be careful as it is stinging for the skin and toxic if swallowed.

Purifying herbal tea based on dandelion

There is no shortage of purifying herbal teas based on dandelions on the market. This is the case of the Bonomelli purifying herbal tea based on dandelion extract, nettle, milk thistle and turmeric. A pack of 16 filters costs € 2.23. It is recommended to consume 2 cups of herbal tea a day at any time of the day. It is prepared like the classic tea: pour boiling water into a cup containing the filter and leave to infuse for 4 - 5 minutes. The herbal tea combines the diuretic properties of dandelion with the special taste of turmeric, nettle and milk thistle, plants famous for their purifying properties.

Video: Dandelion Uses and Benefits (May 2022).