I've been picking this little weed my whole life; they make an excellent fairy crown and typically are my surest bet to making a wish come true. Turns out there is much more empirical science behind this flighty little flower.
It all started when I tried out the Dandelion Juice at the Silver Lake Juice Bar. It has a deliciously light green flavor that blends well with just about everything. Which basically means there is absolutely no reason not to experiment and enjoy all of the health benefits. Whether you go for the greens or the root, dandelion packs a definite plus.
According to the USDA Bulletin #8, "Composition of Foods," dandelions rank in the top 4 green vegetables in overall nutritional value (see here for more details and history). They are rich in fiber, calcium, iron, potassium, and stand as nature's richest green vegetable source of Vitamin A. Admittedly, I will never look at these little weeds quite the same way at the park!