Monday, December 9, 2013

Dandelion Greens

Taraxacum officinale greens
Winter is the best time to eat dandelion greens here in Central Texas. They tend to be slightly less bitter in the colder months and are great additions to stews, soups or rice dishes. We are definitely living in the age of raw greens and juicing and dandelions are plentiful enough to add to your smoothies and meals everyday. But remember that many of our wild edible greens were traditionally cooked, and that can help remove some of the bitterness to make them more palatable. Either way, dandelions are packed with essential vitamins and minerals and can easily become a part of your daily diet. Remember too that wild greens are nutrient-dense; you can eat (or drink!) less than cultivated greens and get the same benefits!

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