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import blog herbs dandelion

Blog EntryMar 26, '08 9:01 PM
for everyone

With spring comes dandelions
dandelion Information here: http://www.botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/d/dandel08.html
http://www.herbsarespecial.com.au/free-herb-information/dandelion.html
and information here too  http://www.altnature.com/gallery/Dandelion.htm

Recipes with dandelion~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
 a great site with recipes http://www.mountain-breeze.com/kitchen/dandelions/
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 from Whole Foods Market:
 Dandelion Greens with Warm Balsamic Vinaigrette
Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Vegan Serves 6–8
2 1/2 pounds dandelion greens, tough leaves discarded
 3 garlic cloves, minced
 1/4 cup hazelnuts, coarsely chopped
 2 tablespoons organic extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar
salt and pepper to taste
 Cut top 5 inches from greens and reserve leaves. Cut remaining greens into 3/4-inch slices. Transfer all greens to a large salad bowl.
 For the dressing, in a small heavy skillet sauté garlic and nuts in oil over moderate heat, stirring, until garlic is golden. Stir in vinegar and salt and fresh-cracked pepper to taste.
 Pour hot vinaigrette over greens and toss to combine. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Found this site with Lots of yummy looking recipes http://www.prodigalgardens.info/dandelion%20recipes.htm
here is one of the recipes from above site Pumpkin-Dandelion Soup
Prepare in advance: 1 large handful Dandelion greens: Chop leaves into bite-sized pieces.
 Cook in boiling water until tender. Pour off water and taste. If they seem too bitter for your taste, boil again and strain.
1 small pumpkin: Bake whole pumpkin on baking sheet at 350° for 1 hour or until completely soft, so that you can put a fork or knife easily through it. Let cool. Cut in half and discard seeds. Rind will peel easily.
 1 medium to large onion, chopped
 6 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbsp. butter or olive oil
6 cups water
 4 cups mashed pumpkin, prepared as above
 1 cup heavy cream ½ tsp nutmeg 1½ tsp salt
 1. Sauté onion and garlic in oil or butter in a heavy-bottomed soup pot.
 2. Add 6 cups water
 3. Add dandelion greens and pureed pumpkin to soup. Stir well.
 4. Add salt. Cook at a gentle simmer for 30 minutes.
 5. Just before serving add 1 cup heavy cream and ½ tsp nutmeg. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Dandelion Fritters
1 cup whole wheat flour
 2 tsp. baking powder
1 tps. cinnamon powder
 pinch salt
 1 egg
1/2 cup milk
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 cup chopped dandelion flowers
1/2 cup strawberry jam
Mix the dry ingredients. Beat egg and add milk and oil. Stir into the dry mix. Add the dandelion flowers and blend. Cook the same as you would pancakes heating until golden. Serve with strawberry jam. this recipe from here http://www.sunriseherbfarm.com/recipes/dandeliondishes.html ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Dandelion honey recipe here http://homecooking.about.com/od/condimentrecipes/r/bljelly9.htm ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
We all know about that annoying weed, the Dandelion, that seems to grow in our lawns no matter what we do. The Dandelion actually has a strong diuretic action and is rich in potassium, magnesium and calcium. Vitamins A, B, C and D are rich in this pesky weed and horses have been reported actually digging their paddock in order to reach the potent properties of the Dandelion root.
  Read this here  http://www.lightband.com/~santa/herbalequinetherapies.htm   herbals for horses
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To close a little excerpt from  http://www.herbsarespecial.com.au/free-herb-information/dandelion.html
Dandelion is a valuable herb, originating in Europe, but now naturalised in many countries, largely due to wind disposal of the seed. This may be nature’s way of telling us it is readily available for us all to use regularly, as the plants’ properties are so valuable. Dandelion has been a revered herb throughout history, regarded as one of the very best herbs known for gall, spleen and liver complaints, and one of the safest and most active plant diuretics. The common name Piss-in-bed, which comes from the French word ‘pissenlit’, indicates the herb’s habit of giving the kidneys the urge to expel urine. Women, who find they puff up at the time of menstruation, may get considerable relief from bloating and breast tenderness, by drinking dandelion tea, as soon as they feel these symptoms
and they closed the article with this:
And for a light-hearted story … A man can let his wife know he loves her by giving her a dozen large roses, while his small grandson can do the same with a fistful of dandelion flowers!
Perhaps, we all need to appreciate the true value of dandelion.

Dandelion Bouquet - courtesy of Zander

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