We are feeling just dandy about now being able to offer freshly dried dandelion flower to our product selection. Dandelions (Taraxacum officinale) are perennial plants from the Asteraceae (daisy) family and are native to Europe and Asia. However, they have made themselves quite at home in the Americas especially here at Green Heffa Farms. They love it here. Though they are often labeled as weeds, the entire plant is actually edible. Not only are dandelions nutritious but they are also used for culinary and medicinal purposes and have been by any cultures for many of years.
Dandelions are highly nutritious, being rich in vitamins (A, C, D, E, and B), inositol and lecithin.The plant is one of the richest sources of beta-carotene, (11,000 µg/100 g leaves, same as in carrots). In the body, beta-carotene is transformed into vitamin A, which supports healthy vision, immunity, cell division, and more. Research in the past decade into the medicinal properties of dandelion has demonstrated health benefits including anti-rheumatic, anti-carcinogenic, diuretic, laxative, hypoglycemic, and chloretic (liver bile production stimulating) effects.
Dandelion flowers are edible and can be used in salads, soups, or as a garnish. They have a slightly sweet taste and can add a pop of color to your dishes.
Dandelion Flower Tea:
Infuse dandelion flowers in hot water to create a mild and soothing tea. Dandelion flower tea is believed to have diuretic properties and may support kidney health.
Dandelion Flower Syrup:
Create a syrup by combining dandelion flowers with sugar and water. This syrup can be used as a sweetener or drizzled over desserts.
Dandelion Flower Wine:
Ferment dandelion flowers with sugar and water to make dandelion flower wine. This traditional herbal wine is known for its unique flavor and potential health benefits.
Dandelion Flower Oil:
Infuse dandelion flowers in carrier oil of your choice to create dandelion flower oil. This infused oil can be used topically for skin care, as it is believed to have moisturizing and soothing properties.
Disclaimer: Information shared on this site is for educational purposes. The information provided is not intended to be a substitute for medical treatment or advice. Please consult your medical care provider before using herbal medicine, particularly if you have a known medical condition or if you are pregnant or nursing. Although we do our best to provide accurate and useful information, you are responsible to research and verify information before relying on it. We are medicinal plant and herbs farmers, herbalists, and tea blenders. We are not licensed or registered healthcare practitioners. We are also believers in the safety and efficacy of botanical medicine.
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