Did you know Dandelions where not just for wishes?
Wow, imagine that! I know they might be the most fun but here are some real world benefits and uses of a Dandelion!
They Are Edibile
Dandelions are found on all continents and have been gathered for food since prehistory. To make leaves more palatable "better tasting", they are sauteed in the same way as spinach. Dandelion leaves and buds have been a part of traditional cuisines all around the world!.
The flower petals, along with other ingredients, usually including citrus, are used to make numerous items. The ground, roasted roots can be used as a caffeine-free dandelion coffee. Dandelion was also traditionally used to make the traditional British soft drink dandelion and burdock, and is one of the ingredients of root beer. Also, dandelions were once delicacies eaten by the Victorian gentry "good social position", mostly in salads and sandwiches.
Dandelion leaves contain abundant vitamins and minerals, especially vitamins A, C, and K, and are good sources of calcium, potassium, iron, and manganese.
Historically, dandelion was prized for a variety of medicinal properties, and it contains a number of pharmacologically active compounds. Dandelion is used as a herbal remedy in Europe, North America, and China. It has been used in herbal medicine to treat infections, bile and liver problems.It is also a general stimulant to the system, but especially to the urinary organs, and is chiefly used in kidney and liver disorders. Dandelion is used in many patent medicines.
Food for Wildlife
Taraxacum "Dandelion" are an important food source for birds, as well as an important pollen source for bees. They also help butteries to emerge in the spring time!