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Know your leafy greens: 15 favorites to add to your diet

By: Melissa Breyer on March 22, 2014, 1:35 p.m.
Dandelion greens

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8. Dandelion greens

Although long maligned as a pesky weed, dandelions are noble, happy plants that are delicious, versatile and one of the most nutritionally dense greens you can eat. So there! Along with a host of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, they also have many medicinal properties. They are potassium-rich and have a strong diuretic quality, as well as efficacy as a blood detoxifier and good for the liver. They have long been used to treat digestive disorders and to treat arthritis and eczema. And did we mention they are delicious? Mature greens may be on the bitter side, but worth it. Try Cream of Dandelion Soup for starters and use the flowers for dandelion wine.