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One gardener’s weed is another’s lunch! Let the dandelions ROAR!
Johnny’s Selected Seeds sells an Italian dandelion called ‘Clio’.
Remember to NEVER eat anything that’s been treated with a pesticide… pick only clean greens. One of my favorite magazines has an article about dandelions along with some recipes: Mother Earth News.
All parts of the dandelion are edible and have medicinal and culinary uses. The roots can be harvested when the ground thaws and can be eaten raw, steamed or even dried, roasted and ground into a coffee substitute.
The flowers are best known for winemaking! But you can add them to your salad, make jelly or dip them in batter to make dandelion fritters! The leaves are a veritable treasure of good stuff for you. Loaded with antioxidants, potassium and vitamins A and C, you’ve got a medicine cabinet in your lawn.
The greens can be eaten raw, steamed, boiled or sautéed. Be sure to harvest them young if you’ll be eating them raw. The older leaves can be bitter so it’s best to cook them.