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As it turns out, common dandelion leaves from what most people consider a pesky garden weed, aren't native to North America. They were brought here by European immigrants who prized them as a food source. And no wonder! Dandelions are one of the best greens you can eat, beating out spinach in terms of protein,
vitamins A, C, K, Omega 6, iron, phosphorus, potassium, and calcium. Yes, dandelion leaves are very, very good for you.
The trick is to catch them before they get bitter. To do that, you must pick the leaves before the plant begins blooming, and ideally after it's been quite cold. Even so, this smoothie recipe will cover up leaves that are slightly bitter. Oh, and if you wish, you can substitute other greens for the dandelion leaves; kale and spinach are especially yummy.
Dandelion Leaf Green Smoothie Recipe
To your blender (I use and love the Magic Bullet NutriBullet our Grammy gave us this Christmas):
1. Add about 1/2 cup (packed) of washed dandelion leaves. If you're unused to greens, you may wish to put in a bit less, or just not pack them down in the measuring cup.
2. Add 1 banana, broken into chunks. If you like icy smoothies, use a frozen banana.
3. Add about 3/4 cup of apple (or as much as you can add without going over the fill line). You can also use a ripe pear, instead, but we prefer the smoothie with apple.
4. Add enough liquid to almost come to the fill line. This is a very personal thing; add a lot if you like thinner smoothies, or add less if you like them thick. We like to use unsweetened almond or coconut milk, but you could use any type of milk - or even water (although I think this recipe tastes much better with milk).
5. If desired, you can sprinkle in some walnuts, but I don't always do this and it doesn't seem to affect the flavor of the smoothie.
6. Puree and drink drink away. Makes about 1 pint - enough for 2 people as a snack or supplement to a small meal, or enough for 1 person whose not eating anything else.
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For more information about harvesting and using dandelions, see these posts:
"Ah Sweet...Dandelions?" (including a recipe for cooking dandelion leaves)
How to Make Dandelion Tea (from the roots of the plant)
Making Dandelion Jelly
Teaching Children to Forage (with dandelion cookie recipe)
Eating Dandelion Flowers
How to Preserve Dandelion Greens
Dandelion Flower Fritters
Dandelion Leaf Noodles
How to Make Dandelion Wine
Dandelion Root Medicine: Where to Find It, How & Why to Use It
to the University of Maryland Medical Center, very rarely, people have
reactions to dandelion. If you're allergic to "ragweed,
chrysanthemums, marigold, chamomile, yarrow, daisies, or iodine, you
should avoid dandelion. In some people, dandelion can cause increased
stomach acid and heartburn. It may also irritate the skin. People with
kidney problems, gallbladder problems, or gallstones should consult
their doctors before eating dandelion." Dandelion is a diuretic, which
means it may also make other medications less effective. To learn more
about this, visit the University of Maryland Medical Center website.