Dandelions grow in many parts of the world. For many people, it is just a weed we can’t seem to get rid of. For the birds and the bees, it is a flower they just can’t get enough of! While being the most misunderstood flower of all time, dandelions come with many perks and uses. They sure are dandy.
They’re Ecologically Friendly
Birds eat the seeds and bees drink the nectar from the flowers. While this isn’t their only source of seeds, nectar, and pollen, they do love the option. When they are allowed to fully develop, the roots can penetrate layers of compacted soil.
From root to flower, dandelions are loaded with vitamins and minerals. They are completely safe to eat. Dandelions are low in calories, may have abilities to fight cancer, are said to detox the liver, improve digestion, and aid weight loss. The slight bitterness may take some getting used to, but they make a great, colorful addition to salads. You can also cook the greens to make them less bitter. Young dandelions have all the vitamins and minerals, and are less bitter than full grown ones. Never harvest dandelions from your lawn that are sprayed with herbicides or pesticides.
The yellow flowers are a delightful sight after a dull winter. Kids love to mash them giving their skin a yellow stain, and blowing them through the air after they go to seed! They are great entertainment for toddlers, and even adults if were being honest.
Dandelions can grow just about anywhere. While we don’t recommend growing them in your garden beds, growing them in a barrel is a great way to go. They can be clipped regularly when they are young to use. This stops them from going to seed form keeping your yard and gardens free of them. Utilize their natural benefits this spring for something new.