(For more info on the dandelion check out the species profile on this website)
Did you know?:
- Every part of the dandelion is edible. Young leaves make an excellent salad and can also be used as a green vegetable. Dried leaves are a common ingredient in many digestive and herbal drinks and are used for making herb-beer, including a dandelion stout. The flowers can be made into dandelion wine, which has a reputation as an excellent tonic, and the dried roots, when roasted and ground, make an effective natural substitute for coffee.
- “The little flame of God” or “the flower of Saint Bride” are colloquial Irish names for the dandelion stemming from the bloom’s association with St Bridget.
- Dandelions have been used in herbal medicine over the years as treatment for a variety of ailments including liver complaints, upset stomach, bilious disorders, dropsy, dizziness, gall stones, jaundice, haemorrhoids and warts.
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