Dandelion collection and nutritional value
Dandelion, also known as Irish daisy, lion’s tooth and many other names, is a herbaceous perennial plant, which is found in great abundance in the Greek mountains and forests. The vitamins, minerals and trace elements that this herb contains are worth mentioning, as well as the fact that the whole plant is used, from the flowers to the root.
To properly collect this herb, we must know that the leaves are harvested before flowering, ie near March, the flowers from April to June and the root in early spring and autumn. It is not strange to see dandelion flower in late autumn too. The leaves contain a lot of nutrients during growth, so it is best to collect them before and not during the flowering period.
A great nutritional value
Among other things, dandelion contains phosphorus, manganese, magnesium, calcium, sodium and chlorophyll. The leaves are high in potassium and iron, while the whole plant is rich in vitamins A, B, C, D and E.
Of course, the list does not end there, continuing with phytosterols, asparagine, inulin, coumarins and many other beneficial ingredients for the human body.
The dandelion root can be made into a poultice, dried and ground into a powder for internal and external consumption. It is considered an excellent detoxifier of the body and immediately fights fluid retention!
Read more about the healing properties of dandelion and the cosmetic uses of dandelion!