You actually eat these?” said the young cashier as I purchased my dandelion greens. “Aren’t those the weeds that grow in my yard?”
I grew up eating dandelion greens, so I was amused by her puzzlement. That being said, I then realized that many people probably haven’t considered eating them.And if you haven’t tried them, you don’t know what you’re missing. Raw or cooked, they’re a nutritional powerhouse!
Dandelions are 14% protein and have more protein per serving than spinach (are you listening Popeye?). Dandelion greens are high in calcium and rich in other minerals, such as iron, copper, magnesium, manganese, potassium and phosphorus. They’re also brimming with antioxidants and considered by many to be the ultimate detoxification and cleansing green.
Serve sautéed as a side dish or raw in a mixed-greens’ salad or add them to your favorite smoothie. Find these lush greens in your local Heinen’s produce department.
Heinen’s also carries NOW Dandelion Cleansing Herbal Tea. It’s very soothing and tastes great with a squeeze of lemon. Try some today!