If ever there was a natural herb that was misunderstood and vilified by millions of people, it’s the poor dandelion. Every summer throughout the US, millions of dollars and thousands of man hours are spent eradicating this perennial flowering herb by homeowners on a quest for a flawless “weed-free” lawn.
Little do these well-meaning folks know that they could be saving their money and spending their time more wisely if they harvested these valuable plants instead to use in soups, salads, teas and side dishes. Since recorded time, dandelions have been widely used for food and medicinal purposes in North America, Europe and Asia. It’s only now, with a growing interest in natural herbal remedies, that dandelion, the scapegoat of all herbs, is beginning to gain some respect.