Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Springtime Dandelion Greens! Food From Your Yard

Here's a springtime money and health hack for you! Eat dandelion greens! Dandelion greens in early spring are good and good for you. Here is an article on how to find and use dandelion greens:

 Dandelions have calcium, iron, Vitamin C and Vitamin A and Vitamin K.  Here are some dandelion green nutrition facts: http://foodfacts.mercola.com/dandelion-greens.html Dandelions are great for your eyes, containing both zeaxanthin and lutein.

A couple of rules:

  • Make sure you know what you are picking! Use online resources so you can compare and know for sure. If you are not certain of what you are picking, take them to your local extension office for verification before consuming.
  • Make sure they are not covered with pesticides or other pollutants. 
  • Remember you are responsible for what you eat. Safety first! Never put anything into your mouth when foraging unless you are sure you know what you have. This goes for all foods you pick. 

You can cook dandelion greens in a few ways. You can saute them in a pan like in this recipe: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/222744/dandelion-greens-with-a-kick/

I like to take a few like this, and just throw them into a smoothie!

Food right from your yard! Now that is frugality!

Happy Savings!


  1. My mother loved dandelion greens and we had them often when I was young. You have to get them very early while they are tender otherwise they do have a very bitter taste. She served them with melted butter, salt & pepper and a dash of vinegar. xo Diana

    1. Yes, very young is when I pick them. They wouldn't be good in mid-summer, I don't think. I have had them like your Mother served them and I thought they were quite good. Thanks for the comments!

  2. I like the idea of using them in a smoothie! We just now have a few dandelions in our yard, I think I will give this a try!

    1. Especially if you don't like them sauteed, you don't even notice they are there in a smoothie! Thanks for the comments!