PART II: HOW TO EAT A DANDELION

bear eating dandelionsThe dandelion (Taraxicum genus) is a perennial, and a member of the very large composite
family.  “Dandelion” comes from the French name, “dent de lion” (tooth of the lion.)

Roots, crowns (parts between roots and ground surface), and tops, from young leaves to flower buds and full blooms, can be eaten.  They are an excellent source of vitamins B, C, and A.  The plant is especially high in calcium, and also contains potassium, phosphorous and sodium. Here is a summary of ways dandelions can be eaten:

Roots:  Scrape, slice, and boil roots in salted water until tender, then eat as a vegetable.  Being part of the chicory family, the roots may also be dried in the oven, ground, and used as a coffee substitute.  I would recommend Continue reading