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May 2007

Dandelions

field of dandelions
Photo courtesy of Microsoft Office Online Clip Art

Learn why dandelions should be on your menu.

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May 2007

Quick links
Here are live links for sites mentioned in the May 2007 .pdf format:

"Dandelion Song" by Linda Allen - listen to or download this fun song by a Washington State musician (bottom of page).

Goosefoot Acres (Ohio) - useful information by Peter Gail about edible weeds in general and dandelions in particular. You can order his book "The Dandelion Celebration: A Guide to Unexpected Cuisine" (with 60 recipes for using dandelions) and Dandy Blend dandelion beverage.

Granny's Store (Montana) - useful information about edible weeds in general and dandelions in particular. Another place to order "The Dandelion Celebration: A Guide to Unexpected Cuisine" and Dandy Blend dandelion beverage.

Festivals

May 4-5, 2007, Dover, Ohio: Dandelion May Fest and Great Dandelion Cook-off

June 1-3, 2007, Seward, Alaska: Alaska Dandelion Festival. For more information,
call (623) 703-4453.

Recommended books and articles about dandelions
The Amazing Dandelion, by Millicent Selsam and Jerome Wexler
Dandelions: Celebrating the Magical Blossom, by Amy Wilensky
The Dandelion Celebration: A Guide to Unexpected Cuisine, by Peter Gail
"Dandelion Greens for Spring Cleaning" by Lori Harger Witt (Moscow [Idaho] Food Co-op)

 

Dandelion nutrients - a comparison (per 100 grams)
Source: USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference

Note: Most other sources list the Vitamin A content of dandelions at about 14,000 IU.
Nutrient content of all plants depends on growing conditions and thus varies.

 

Vitamin A

Vitamin C

Calcium

Iron

Potassium

Dandelions

4931 IU

35 mg

187 mg

3.1 mg

397 mg

Broccoli

623 IU

89.2 mg

47 mg

.73 mg

316 mg

Carrots

16,811 IU

5.9 mg

33 mg

.30 mg

320 mg

Milk

102 IU

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113 mg

.03 mg

143 mg

Spinach

9377 IU

28.1 mg

99 mg

2.71 mg

558 mg

 

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