Dandelions are darlings of the foraging community. They are entirely edible. Apparently, you can use the roots (dried then ground) in a coffee-like tincture. I have also read you can simply prepare/eat dandelion roots the same way you would other root vegetables.
Herbalists use dandelion root to detoxify the liver and gallbladder, and dandelion leaves to support kidney function. Dandelion is a rich source of vitamins A, B complex, C,… [more]
I love going for a walk around the neighborhood, ogling dandelions. No longer dismissed as an invasive weed, no longer safe to sulk for years:
A friend of mine is teaching me a thing or two about foraging. I adore learning and am on a mission to keep scooping food, farm and frolicking knowledge into my hungry brain. Right now I am pushing a few topics including: the basics of Thai cuisine, urban farming (just read: Novella Carpenter’s Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer… [more]; now reading: Your Farm in the City), and
It is true that in the midst of everything—and there is a LOT of ‘everything’—I venture off the farm long enough to forage for urban weeds. Dandelion is one of the most pervasive weeds, and therefore easy to plunder. Did you know dandelion’s roots used to be used for a coffee-like tincture? No doubt you have heard of dandelion wine and a million other dandelion uses. You can eat the… [more]