Dandelion

by Brian
(Pennsylvania USA)

Dandelion

Dandelion

Your backyard is full of wild edibles. I have found that the Dandelion is one of the best and there is no poisonous look alikes to it. You can eat the leaves which have a bitter taste but if you boil them in one change of water the are great.





The roots are also edible, dig them up and cook them just like carrots.

The flowers are edible put them with other greens or by themselves as a salad (just remove the green bottom of the flower).

So next time your looking for an easy bite too eat look no further then the Dandelion.



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time of year
by: big daddy

Dandy lion leaves are more bitter in the longer sun months the more sun exposure the stronger the flavor but I have never had to do more than blanch the leaves lightly to decrease the bitterness.

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Trail coffee anyone?
by: Anonymous

The roots also make a good decaffenated coffee. Just slowly roast them until they are completely dry and have a dark brown color. Grind them and steep about spoonful in a cup of boiling water. Enjoy.

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More tips on dandelions
by: Winyan Staz Wakien

You will find the baby leaves are less bitter.
A couple of changes of water can help the bitterness of the older leaves if you are throwing them into a soup....but...if you have the time..you can just cover the plant with something like a piece of cardboard to keep out the sun and in a few days the whole plant will turn a pale greenish white....and be sweet and tender.
Dandelion fritters are also nummy...
Dip the heads (peel off the green leaves) in your favorite fritter batter and fry in olive oil until a light golden....very tasty.
Dandelion roots are great for the body but will make you urinate a lot..however it tends to clear out the bladder and kidneys so it's all good. Just be sure to drink plenty of water.

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Good medicine too
by: Anonymous

racoonThe dandelion is also good as medicine. The leaves and chopped roots can be used as an infusion to treat high blood pressure as well as a great diuretic. Two tablespoons of the chopped leaves taken as tea three times daily is as good as the diuretic (furosemide) that I take on a daily basis. Toss into a vessel of boiling water, take off the heat and let steep for 15-20 minutes. To make a stronger decoction just let the tea reduce to one third the original amount. Fouler tasting but much stronger, works better and can be stored in a bottle and carried with you if you can find a bottle.
The roots tend to be bitter too but can be baked in the coals and tamed down considerably. Beware the crown! That's where the leaves are attached. Rank stuff! But with several changes of water is edible. Baked slowly it isn't bad but there is better out there.

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