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Featured Ingredient: Dandelion Greens

Posted by Corinne Monaco at May 13, 2020 11:39 AM |
Our vendors work hard to bring you the specialty products that you enjoy at your neighborhood farmers market. Each week, we celebrate the fruits of their labors by highlighting one of our favorite market treats and diving into the history and science behind them. This week, we took a closer look at Dandelion Greens.

Dandelions are a notorious garden weed, there's no doubt about it. But did you know it's one of the healthiest plants out there to eat and delicious to boot? Cultivated dandelion is pleasantly bitter compared to its more intensely flavored wild cousins, so we trust farmers to harvest the good stuff for us. 

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The name 'dandelion' comes from the French term ‘dent de lion’ meaning ‘tooth of the lion.’ Dandelions are thought to be native to Europe and Asia, and knowledge of its medicinal and health benefits goes back millennia. There is evidence that dandelions were used as medicine by Arabian physicians in the tenth and eleventh centuriesJam-packed with vitamins and minerals, dandelion is as much a superfood as kale or spinach. Its bitter flavor is great for digestion, aiding your body in absorbing all the important nutrients the plant has to offer. Dandelions can be enjoyed from root to flowerThe taproot, which can stretch as far underground as 10-15 feet, can be consumed raw or in tea, and is rich in inulin, a fiber known to help support healthy bacterial flora in your gut. Dandelion leaves are delicious cooked or raw and contain copious amounts of vitamins A, C, and K. The flowers make a lovely tea, and are a great antidote to the wintertime blues when stored in honey!  

 
You can find dandelion greens at Cabrera Farms, (UD), Mariposa Farm, (WS) and others! Check out the Shopper Sourcing Guide on the homepage of www.seattlefarmersmarkets.org to learn how you can support market farmers and get your hands on immune-boosting dandelion greens. Today is the last day to Give Big for your local food system! All contributions are welcome and much appreciated.  

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