I just love spring when everything starts to bloom again after a dark and gray period like we had this winter.
Just look at the lawn where the little nice suns start to shine, Dandelions
We called them and is commonly known as WEED...!?
What weeds? Dandelions are vitamin-rich, a long-lasting nature, making their way through asphalt and concrete.
Why should we fight the Dandelions...?
Instead, discover the healing and culinary skills that the Dandelion has.
Did you know that dandelion is considered one of 14 most important wild plants in a survival situation...
The dandelion is perfect for the Bees and its survival, The dandelion has the HIGHEST rating on NECTAR.
No Bees, no life!!
Dandelion is used in various herbal remedies that are inserted when slag substances in the body are to dissolve, it increases the secretion of these passing the kidneys and liver.
Medical action of dandelion:
* CARMINATIVUM = Prevents flatulence.
* STOMATIKUM ( amaramedel) = Stomach strengthening, prevents relaxation of the stomach, stimulates the production of digestive fluids.
* X-RAY MASKULATION = Forming vital proteins secreted in the blood, it has been shown to facilitate the diagnosis of diseases of the body.
* CHOLAGOGUM = increases bile production.
* DIURETIKUM = Diuretic, does not give potassium deficiency, is very potassium rich.
* MESENKYMACTIVE = Dissolves slag substances in connective tissues.
Dandelions are rich in Potassium, Magnesium which improves liver and biliary functions and good deters and cleansers, we have now understood.
Contains more Iron and Protein than Spinach.
Vitamin - A, Vitamin - C, Vitamin - D, Vitamin - B, carbohydrates, beta-carotene, potassium, flavonids, oleic acid, linoleic acid and tannins.
It is possible to eat the whole dandelion, from flower to leaf and down to the root, everything is edible!
Dandelion flowers you can make syrup, it should taste like honey.
Since vegans don't eat honey, dandelion syrup is a better option for them...
Pick the flower buds and fry them, some people like to dip the flower in plain pancake batter and fry... with the possibilities and imagination you get far!
The dandelion flower can be used in the salad...
Do you want to make Dandelion wine (now legal at least in Sweden!) be prepared for the fact that it takes kilos of flower to make on batch...
It is important to complete the cleansing, remove the yellow flower from the green within a few hours after collecting the flowers.
I was through it myself a few years ago and it was a ... I'm going to say tough or hard work... do not really know, but also relaxing there in the sun ... the reward came of course after a few weeks ... when the flowers are cleared, the wine preparation began immediately.
Or why not make a good dandelion marmalade!
Before you start using the Dandelion flower, put it first in cold water for a while and then you get out all the bugs that have settled there inside the flower!!
There are a lot of bitters in the plant, you should use the leaves in a salad, put the leaves first in water about 30 minutes to pull out part of the bitter.
The leaves are good in both smoothies, salad or Pesto. The leaves also have a high content of Vitamin - C...
The plant juice is abundant in the Dandelion stalk, contains the bitter substance Taraxacin and should you eat AMOUNTS it can cause stomach upset, nausea and diarrhea.
If you eat a small amount, it is considered harmless.
JUST RIGHT IS THE BEST!
As with everything else.... never overdose, and this also applies to dandelion.
* During pregnancy or breast-feeding, do not use Dandelion Preparations!
The milky juice of the dandelion from the stem is used to relieve itching when, for example, the dandelion is used. insect bites or dampen the burning from stinging bees.
The root contains about 23% carbohydrates. Peel the root and leach it before cooking, after about 15 minutes of cooking it can be eaten. sometimes a second boil may be needed to remove a bit more from the taste of bitterness.
It is not only negative with the bitter taste of the dandelion because it is the one that initiates the secretion of digestive enzymes, bile from the liver. So both appetite and digestion improve and also the function of the liver and bile. What suits me perfectly is also that the pancreas is stimulated to regulate blood sugar!
The roots can be used to fill out in gratin, steaks, pies, raw shrimp but keep in mind that the root is bitter so I want to remind you to cook it a few times before you put it in the food.
You can slice, dry, roast the roots, excellent as caffeine-free coffee surrogate.
There are a number of active substances in the various parts of the plant that are used in different types of disorders ... good against constipation, atherosclerosis, gout and rheumatism. And used in various "Purification".
According to ancient folklore, dandelion was protecting from Witches and Trolls...
Probably I think that Witches and trolls had a little more knowledge about nature and the wild plants!
Keep in mind that your stomach may have to get used to wildplants if you are not used to be eating WILD PLANTS. As you eat more, the natural bacterial in your stomach increases... eat a little in the beginning and then increase as you go ...
A LITTLE FUN!
Dandelion in French is called "pissenlit" = "Pi in bed" , then you understand the plant's strong diuretic quality ...
THE DANDELION IS NOT JUST A WEED OR OUR ENEMY BUT AN ASSET!!
We have written a little about how useful our stinging nettle is, not least in terms of the vitamins it gives us. No one might think it's particularly good and chew on a nettle :) but there are actually a lot of good things to do with them.
Now we are in the middle of May, unfortunately that real spring heat has not yet appeared. Today, May 12, 2020, it has even snowed in many parts of Sweden. You get a little frozen and ruffled. But what fits if not a luxurious plate of nettle soup.
I have my favorite which may not be the completely classic, but it is very tasty. I go out and pick nettles, often quite early in the morning. I clear them from grass and other weeds that can come along.
I then put the nettles in plenty of cold water until I use them later in the day. I then quickly rinse them off and rough-chop them, then sizzle them in butter. If you want it vegan, you can take a tablespoon of oil instead. I also chop yellow onions, garlic and chilli and mix in this. I then take chicken broth dice (vegan can use vegetable broth) as well as water and fill up with. For 2 servings there is a dice and about 6 dl water. I then let this boil properly, the liquid should have reduced to about 4.5- 5 dl liquid.
Remove from the stove, run in a blender or with a hand blender so everything turns into a smooth soup. Turn on about 1.5 dl whipping cream (veg, oat cream), now let the soup simmer to the right consistency, take about 15-20 min. Serve the soup with egg halves and preferably a crème fraisch with herbs or chives. The soup is filling and very good.
For the soup you can serve ground elder plumps. This is a very old recipe my mother had. You could say it's like a kind of ground elder muffin.
See recipes under the recipe page!
The species name for ordinary stinging nettle is DIOICA and means two builders, coming from greek DI- ( two) and OIKOS (house ).
It refers to the male flower and the female flower found on various plants...
I have like many other unpleasant memories when it comes to stinging nettle, if you get burn it makes it really painful .... For many years I looked "obliquely" at these prickly monsters!
Now I have at least forgiven the nettles and learned to take advantage of this "vitamin bomb", stinging nettle is Super healthy!
High content of chlorophyll, is rich in vitamin A, vitamin-B, vitamin-K, vitamin C. Has minerals potassium, manganese, silicon, potassium, iron and sulfur. Rich in both protein and fiber.
The fresh plant also includes phosphorus, histamine, acetylcholine and formic acid.
Stinging nettle is a perennial plant whose underground offshoots cause it to grow in large stands.
Both the leaves and the stem are equipped with "Burn hair" which is connected to a small poison bladder. The nettle has egg-shaped pointed leaves with sawn edge.
There are many different nettle relatives but a nettle in the mountain areas lacks almost completely "burn hair", mountain nettle is called and has rounded blade base .
Stinging nettle thrives where there is nitrogen-rich land all over Sweden and the nettle suffocates other herbs; therefore, it is a strong indication that the soil is just highly nitrogenous where the stinging nettles grow.
There is a plant called Nettle entanglement that lacks chlorophyll so that plant has solved it in such a way that it simply parasitizes on the stinging nettle.
If you see stinging nettles that are entangled in pale yellow or reddish winding plants without leaves... then you have met the "hive" entanglement.
In the 18th century, the stinging nettle was an important plant, the stem was digested ( repelled) and used to provide basic fibres that were then mixed with Lin.
The nettle fibers were spun into a fine fabric (hives) and clothes.
Also used to dye the fabric, ( plant dyeing) m.m.
The stinging nettle was used in lung soot and scurvy, what you did was to boil the nettle roots and so you drank a few glasses / day.
Fresh nettles were used on lame and removed limbs, laid "burn hairs" against the skin. They also dried Stinging beers and used as cattle feed.
*Nettles are good to basic up our body... because the body is alkaline.
* The nettles block the formation of the hormone DHT (dihydrotestoseron) it comes from the man's testosterone, that's what causes baldness.
Nettles can counteract that!
* The nettle is used to prevent intestinal disease, drink tea or nettle soup.
* Fluid drifting if you have problems with the urinary tract.
* Seems purifying to the blood if you have an allergy or leaky intestinal.
* If your feet are tired, use nettles in a foot bath.
* Strengthens tissues and helps the thyroid gland.
* The nettle acts anti-inflammatory , used as a cover in case of infection and good in case of flu and improves digestion.
* Can be used stinging nettle both internally and externally and has a positive property for hair, skin and nails
* Benefit from nettle cleansing and soothing properties helps Acne and Eczema and acts firming on the skin.
The spring shoots are good for nettle cabbage or nettle soup and it is said that the taste is reminiscent of spinach and cucumber after it has been cooked.
When you pick Nettles, there are a few things to keep in mind...
do NOT pick nettles that have grown in "shade", they contain higher levels of nitrates! DO NOT pick nettles on nitrogen fertilized soil, nettles can pick up and store harmful nitrates!!
Pick nettles, pre-trap or dry them and freeze in. The top to have as a basis in the dish, bread, etc. at any time of the year.
Freeze the leaves in just the right portions and it lasts for 1 year.
When you soak or boil the stinging nettle, the toxins disappear from the trikomer of the stinging nettles (= fine hair) and the stinging nettle can be eaten.
If you burn yourself on a Nettle...
1: Do not scratch, do not touch the exposed area (easier said than done) because when you start touching or patting the skin you "push" the small chips further into the skin.
2: Pour water on to the area. The splinters that aren't stuck are washed away.
3: Take a piece of tape, gently put the tape against the skin and pull off!
Those nose selfies that stick out of the skin will get stuck and pulled away.
To keep pests and moths away indoors, plant a stinging nettle in pot. Even nettle water is good to fertilize other crops with.
I know there is a Nettle beer that is a favorite in the English Islands. Unfortunately I do not now the recipe...
Enjoy all the good you can do from stinging nettle, there are lots of different alternativs!
Cold Beetroot soup!
Summers good vegetables!
Capers from the garden!
Stinging nettle soup!
Pesto on groundelder!
Pear & ginger marmalade!
God against cold!
What is phytonutrients?
Tomatosoup & Bread!