Dandelion Greens top the list as this week’s Fresh Pick of the Week from the Certified Farmers’ Market. Dandelions often get a bad rap from landscapers and gardeners; not without reason. They are quick-growing weeds - quite prolific, and difficult to control. What many people don’t realize, though, is that Dandelions are also edible, delicious, and even beneficial to the plants around them!
Dandelion Greens, like the ones available at the Certified Farmers Market, can be eaten raw, blanched, stir-fried, or stewed. Like other greens, they are quite nutritious; containing large amounts of Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Vitamin K. Dandelion Greens are also good sources of calcium, potassium, iron and manganese.
Did you know:Dandelions are considered a beneficial weed by botanists and smart gardeners alike. Their long tap root pulls up up nutrients for plants with shallower roots, they add minerals and nitrogen to the soil around them, they emit ethylene gas (which helps fruit to ripen), and they attract bees and other pollinating insects.