[Sca-cooks] Newbie question about dandelions

ranvaig at columbus.rr.com ranvaig at columbus.rr.com
Tue Mar 11 16:47:47 PDT 2008

>All parts are edible, it's the area that you pick them from that you need to
>be cautious about.

You want young, lush plants, grown in soft soil, in at least part shade, with plenty of water, in other words, grown like you would other greens.  You can pick wild ones early in spring,  but don't pick them from too close to the road, or any place they might have been sprayed.   The ones in your lawn aren't worth bothering with.

The very youngest ones can be eaten for salad, young leaves can be cooked for greens, bring to a boil, drain and throw away the water, add to fresh water and simmer til tender.  If too old they are very bitter.

You can eat the roots of larger plants, but unless they were grown in soft soil, its not worth the effort.


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