Foraging is fun – the benefits of dandelions and clover!
This past weekend, CM and I went camping on the land where we’re planning to build a house. The scenery is beautiful, the air clean, and the dandelions and clovers plentiful. While we were hiking around on Sunday, the urge to pick some for dinner was just too much to resist.
So, I spent some time gathering clover leaves and dandelion greens. Did you know that clovers are in the legume family? They are related to peas! You learn something new every day…
Dandelion greens are one of the healthiest foods out there that not enough people are eating. They contain 535% of the RDA for vitamin K and quite a bit of vitamin A as well. Dandelion greens also contain a ton of antioxidant flavanoids and compounds to support liver function and digestion.
Clover is another green with nutritional power – rich in minerals and vitamins, this plant contains compounds that decrease inflammation and stimulate bile production.
How did we cook these? Just sautéed them in some olive oil with some garlic, salt and kale. So good! I started reading A Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants, so hopefully I’ll learn a bit more about foraging. I’d love to add some variety to the greens I already eat.