Growing Tips

5 Ways to Fall in Love with Dandelion


Those sweet little puffballs you wished on as a kid? Turns out they’re the flower of a miracle plant. They made your childhood dreams come true, and now they’re here to show you what else they’ve got.

Environmentally, they’re an extremely beneficial wild plant - their wide-spreading roots loosen hard-packed soil, aerate the earth and help reduce erosion. The deep taproot pulls nutrients from deep in the soil and makes them available to other plants, so if you’re growing them in your Farmstand, let a few flower and go to seed!

Dandelions are also nutritional and medicinal powerhouses - read on for five of our favorite ways to love this peppery, delightfully bitter green!

  • Dandelion Smoothie Cubes

    pack a powerful nutritional punch - toss one in with your favorite smoothie ingredients to start your day off right.

  • Make dandelion flower infused oil to soothe and heal skin and relieve sore joints. Let your plants flower, then snip off the flowers and let them wilt on a paper towel overnight. Place them in a small jar and cover with olive or almond oil and place in a sunny window for 2 weeks. Massage into skin and around joints as needed.

  • Dandelion roots can be made into a nutritious, antioxidant caffeine-free coffee substitute. To make dandelion coffee, gather roots, clean them, and chop finely. Place in the sun or dehydrator for a few hours to dry, then bake in the oven at 400F for about 30 mins. Finely grind the dried roots, then spread on a baking sheet and bake again for 5 more minutes. Cool and store in an airtight container for up to a year. To make dandelion coffee, stir 3 tbsp of the powder into 1 cup of boiling water. Strain and serve.

  • Betcha can’t eat just one! And when you use dandelion in our

    Green Meatless Balls

    , your body will thank you for it.