Botanical Name: taraxacom officinale
- The name comes from the French word "dent de lion", referring to the long jagged leaves.
- Has one of the longest flowering season of any plant.
- Is grown as a crop in Belgium
- Is an ingredient in root beer
- Originated in Asia for food and medicine
- Every part of the plant is highly rich in antioxidants that prevent free-radical damage to cells and DNA, slowing down the aging process in our cell.
Location found: Dandelions grow almost anywhere; if there is some dirt in a small crack, plantain will grow there. And because of that, is considered a nuisance. It spreads through seeds.
Identification: long, narrow, hairless leaves which are very jagged. Grows low to the ground.
Edible Parts: all parts can be used, but roots and leaves are most common
- Do not pick near roads, walkways or other areas where there is potential of the area having been sprayed with chemicals.
- Contains more protein than spinach.
- Can be eaten in a salad or drank as a tea
- Acts like a mild laxative
- Is a diuretic
- Excellent for the liver as it helps removes toxins
- Contains antioxidants and phytonutrients that help fight cancer by slowing its growth and preventing it from spreading
- Helps regulate blood sugar and insulin levels
- Lowers and controls cholesterol levels
- Helps boost immune system
- Can reduce inflammation throughout the body