You’d be surprised to know the benefits of dandelions, despite them being categorized as a mere weed. Aside from their decorative purposes, they could actually be a source of sustenance. You can, for example, make tea out of dandelion leaves! Read on for surprising reasons why you should love dandelions more − and be on the lookout for them in a survival situation.
Surprising Reasons To Love Dandelions More!
Dandelions are Edible!
Even in the darkest of times, there is always a little light. Sometimes that light has a yellow tip, a green body, and a brown root.
The dandelion is a very edible “weed” found in almost every grassy area or lawn. People look at them as weeds because they are somewhat invasive. If you ask me, it’s a good thing that they are invasive because they make great survival food and will be abundant when other food is scarce.
- Dandelion is a perennial herb grown in USDA zones 3 - 10. When planted from seeds, it will grow to a height of 12 inches. They are used for culinary and medicinal purposes.
- It is an edible herb that is ready for harvesting in roughly 95 days. The leaves are popularly used in salads as greens. Dandelion flowers are used for wine making.
- The plants will produce yellow flowers, reaching a diameter of about 1 inch to 1.5 inches wide.
They’re Actually Very Nutritious
Dandelions are very healthy for you and are full of vitamins. Here is some nutritional information:
As you can see, dandelions are very healthy and may even save your life in a survival situation where food is scarce.
Considerations When Gathering Dandelions
When gathering dandelions, remember that the whole plant is edible, so you should pull up as much of it as you can. That said, the leaves are what you really want to get since they have the most nutritional value. They’re perfect for making dandelion leaves salad!
Once you finish gathering your dandelions, wash them − that is, if water is available. If not, just be sure the dandelions are clean enough to be eaten. Make sure there are no brown spots or any blemishes on the plant. The entire plant is edible so be sure to salvage all that you can.
What To Make Out of Dandelions?
You can eat the dandelion as is, you can boil it, or make tea from it. Dandelions, to me, taste like spinach.
— Survival Life (@SurvivalLF) May 12, 2016
Here’s how to make dandelion tea! Bring some water to a boil. Cut up the dandelion leaves and put them in the boiling water. Let it steep for 2 minutes. Let it cool, then you can enjoy. You can add honey or sugar to add more flavor.
If you don’t want these “weeds” in your lawn, you may want to consider farming them. They are extremely easy to garden. They only really need water and sun. Growing them in large buckets is ideal.
Check out this video by jnull0 to learn more about growing dandelions:
This nutritious and healthy survival “weed” can save your life. So next time you mow the lawn or pull out the weeds, think twice before you kill a dandelion!
Want to learn more about edible plants that could be useful in a survival situation? Check out this list of edible flowers from our friends at Pioneer Settler.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in May 2016 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.
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