Week 5 of our Crisis Gardening series has us looking at our weeds – and eating them. Specifically the mighty dandelion (Taraxacum Officinale).
Now, it’s slightly crazy that we spend so much time pampering “traditional” vegetables in the garden when some of the weeds growing in our lawn are significantly more nutritious than they’ll ever be. Take dandelion for example, this beauty of a plant is one of the most nutritious plants EVER tested by the US Department of Agriculture. It’s high in iron, calcium, vitamins A, B6, E and K, thiamin, antioxidants and beta- and alpha-carotene (The Weed Forager’s Handbook).
Obviously we all need to be eating dandelion! Watch our latest video here to get you started.
- If you’d like to read about the process, you can also read a much older blog of making dandelion tea (aka dandelion coffee) here.
- The Weed Forager’s Handbook: You can buy your own copy of it here