Three ways to incorporate dandelions into your home and kitchen

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Wild dandelions, often seen as pesky weeds, are a versatile and nutritious ingredient that can be used in dozens of ways. Packed with vitamins and minerals, every part of the dandelion, from root to flower, offers unique flavors and health benefits. Below we’ve highlighted three innovative ways to incorporate these resilient plants into your home and kitchen.

Make a fresh summer salad
Dandelion greens have a slightly bitter and robust flavor and make an excellent base for a nutritious salad. Rich in vitamins A, C, and K, these greens can be paired with sweeter ingredients like cherry tomatoes, roasted beets, or fresh berries to balance out their bitterness. A simple dressing of olive oil, lemon juice, a pinch of salt, and a touch of honey complements their earthy taste, creating a refreshing and healthy salad.

Use the roots to make healing tea
Dandelion root tea is a soothing beverage that can enhance digestion and support weight loss. Rich in potassium, this earthy tea helps maintain electrolyte balance and restores hydration in the body. To prepare, collect and wash the dandelion root. Chop into very small pieces and roast in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until dry, dark and fragrant. Steep in hot water and enjoy!

Craft an infused oil
Dandelion flower-infused oil is commonly used to soothe and heal chapped or cracked skin. It can also help relieve sore muscles and various aches and pains. When properly strained, dandelion oil has a shelf life of about one year. To make it, simply fill a canning jar halfway with dried dandelion flowers. Pour in your preferred carrier oil—such as sunflower, olive, avocado, or jojoba—until the jar is full. Put in a dark, cool place for 4-6 weeks, shaking occasionally, then strain and enjoy!

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