I decided to write about dandelions this week because I’ve received a few of them as precious gifts from my granddaughters. It is spring. Children are fascinated by these bright yellow flowers. Moms, Grammas, and Aunties show their appreciation with oohs and ahhs, and by putting the dandelion bouquets which were gifted to them by little hands, in tiny cups of water on their kitchen counters.
So this made me wonder, what are the things I know about dandelions? Perhaps there are interesting nutritional facts about dandelions that we can find out.
Later in the season, it’s quite exciting to find the perfect seed ball on top of a stem. Picking it gently, so as not to disturb the puff, children hold it close to their mouths, make a wish, and blow seeds into the air. With delight, they watch as the seeds float and drift across the yard and into the neighbor’s yard. This act of pure pleasure guarantees that next spring there will be another bumper crop of beautiful yellow flowers to enjoy! (Although, my neighbor didn’t seem to enjoy it so much… hmmm…)
Moral of the story… We were all created as flowers. Only humans see some of us as weeds. To enjoy springtime, let’s learn some fun facts about dandelions!
Here are some interesting things to know about dandelions:
- Dandelion Tea is an excellent source of potassium, a mineral, and electrolyte that stimulates the heartbeat.
- Dandelion greens can be eaten cooked or raw and serve as an excellent source of vitamins A, C, and K. They contain vitamin E, folate, and small amounts of other B vitamins. Dandelion greens also provide several minerals, including iron, calcium, magnesium, and potassium. However, they are high in oxalates as well.
- Dandelion root is rich in inulin, a type of soluble fiber that supports the growth and maintenance of healthy bacterial flora in your intestinal tract.
- Dandelion wine is made from flowers and is often more like a liqueur. It can be made in a small batch and fermented for two weeks, or it can be fermented for two years. It all depends on the recipe. Either way, it is a little bit of sunshine in a jar.
Dandelions and Spring
Do you enjoy flowers as much as I do? I think flowers bring beauty into our everyday lives. The presence of dandelions alerts me that spring is here and reminds me how refreshing spring is after the cold winter. It keeps me excited.
It’s exciting to know that dandelions – these yellow flowers that we often see during springtime – can benefit us in many ways! Today if you have time, try picking a dandelion. Make a wish. Blow the fluff (not into your neighbor’s yard!) and remember… anything is possible with Lipedema!