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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.

foraging for dandelion greens and clover

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…

foraging for dandelion greens and clover

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.

foraging for dandelion greens and clover

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.



9 thoughts on “Foraging is fun – the benefits of dandelions and clover!”

  • Hmm, I knew clover is a legume — I purposefully seeded my lawn with it — but I’d never given any thought to picking and eating it! I should do this now, while the dandelions are tender and the onion grass is vibrant… make an entire salad!

  • Hmm, I knew clover is a legume — I purposefully seeded my lawn with it — but I’d never given any thought to picking and eating it! I should do this now, while the dandelions are tender and the onion grass is vibrant… make an entire salad!

  • What a great idea! As I’ve been walking/driving around, I keep seeing dandelions and having the urge to pick and eat them! Unfortunately, I live in a suburban area where the ground is probably filled with pesticides, but if I’m ever out in the wild, I’ll keep this in mind!

  • What a great idea! As I’ve been walking/driving around, I keep seeing dandelions and having the urge to pick and eat them! Unfortunately, I live in a suburban area where the ground is probably filled with pesticides, but if I’m ever out in the wild, I’ll keep this in mind!

    • Definitely smart to avoid in suburban areas. Find a good field, guide, too! The one I have mentions preparation methods and when to pick each plant for optimum taste or nutrition. So helpful! 🙂

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