Dandelion is a perennial herbaceous plant of the aster family, has a wide distribution area, is not pretentious to growing conditions, and is found in large numbers on roads, in fields, riverbanks, etc. The collection period is from March to June. Dandelion is rich in vitamins A, C, E, B, potassium, iron, calcium, etc.

 

In Chinese medicine and diet therapy, dandelion has been widely used for many years. From the point of view of Chinese medicine, dandelion has a slightly bitter taste and a slightly cold character, tropic to the meridians of the liver and stomach.

 

In Chinese medicine, dandelion is actively used to cleanse the heat and neutralize poisons, stimulates urination, dissolves compaction, and has a choleretic and anti-inflammatory effect; is a component of drugs for the treatment of acute mastitis, adenitis, scrofula, furunculosis, colds due to heat damage, acute tonsillitis, and bronchitis, gastritis, hepatitis, cholecystitis, urinary tract infections.

 

Today we want to tell our readers about the most popular dandelion recipes that are often found in the diet of Chinese people

 

  1. Cold Dandelion Salad

Ingredients: dandelion leaves, cut to the root, garlic, dry red pepper, salt, sesame oil, balsamic vinegar.

 

Method of preparation: rinse young dandelion leaves, boil water, immerse leaves for 2-3 minutes, remove excess water from leaves. Cut garlic into thin slices, red pepper into thin strips. Lightly heat the oil, add garlic and pepper, without bringing the oil to burn, lightly fry the ingredients. Put dandelion on a plate, salt, add balsamic vinegar, and dressing with oil, garlic, and pepper.

 

  1. Pork and dandelion dumplings

Ingredients: minced pork, dandelion, young leek, 1 egg, salt, dough for dumplings.

 

Method of preparation: rinse the fresh young leaves of dandelion, immerse in boiling water for 1-2 minutes, drain the water, cool, finely chop. Chop the leek finely. Mix the minced meat with all the ingredients, if the minced meat is too lean, you can add a little vegetable or sesame oil. Cook dumplings in the usual way.

 

  1. Dandelion and fern salad

Ingredients: boiled fern and dandelion in equal proportions, fresh ginger, garlic, soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, salt, sugar, pepper oil, black sesame. 

 

Method of preparation: rinse dandelion leaves, scald with boiling water, squeeze. Mix with young fern shoots previously boiled until tender. Mix all the seasonings and add to the fern and dandelion leaves. Insist on the refrigerator for 3-5 hours. 

 

  1. Dandelion coffee

Ingredients: dandelion root and rhizome



Method of preparation: rinse the root and rhizome of dandelion, cut into slices of 3-5 cm. Cook in the oven at a temperature of 150 degrees, until the root, becomes dark brown. After preparation, grind into powder, brew like regular coffee.

 

  1. Green tea with dandelion

Ingredients: fresh dandelion leaves, green tea, honey.

 

Method of preparation: wash the root leaves of one young dandelion and pour boiling water, insist for 2 minutes, then add green tea leaves, insist for another 2-3 minutes. Add honey to taste.

 

You can also have the same taste and essence from the Dandy Blend. This herbal beverage is made from purely natural ingredients. 

 

  1. Rice porridge with red beans and dandelion flowers

Ingredients: sticky rice and red beans angular in the calculation of 5: 1, respectively, dandelion flowers dry 7-10 grams, sugar candy, or honey. 

 

Method of preparation: rinse rice and beans, then pour water and cook until tender (porridge can be of any consistency), add dandelion flowers 10 minutes before being ready, simmer over low heat with the lid closed. Once ready, add sugar candy or honey to taste. 

 

  1. Deep-fried dandelion leaves 

Ingredients: whole young dandelion leaves, 2 eggs, rice flour, salt, deep-frying oil. 

 

Method of preparation: Wash and dry the leaves of dandelion, add salt to the eggs, beat. Heat the oil in a deep frying pan like a wok or pan. Soak dry leaves in beaten eggs, then roll in flour and deep-fry until golden. Pre-spread on a paper towel so that it absorbs excess oil. Note: deep-fried foods are high in calories and should be limited in the diet for overweight people, heart and blood vessel diseases, liver, and gall bladder.