The Monster Dandelion

Posted: May 16, 2016 in Wild Edible Plants

Yesterday, I discovered a very large dandelion growing beside a raised bed. I suspect it is because the soil in the raised bed was good that the dandelion is so healthy. Although you can’t really tell how large the plant is from my picture, the longest leaf on the plant is about 15 inches long. Who needs to cultivate dandelions when this grows on its own?

In addition, we saw on Johnny’s Selected Seeds website (one of the seed companies from which we buy seeds), seeds for dandelions. They are actually selling dandelion seeds with which to start plants which most people have growing in their yards. Perhaps it is a special kind of dandelion, who knows. Oh well, to each his own.

While on the subject of dandelions, I found an article on the secret to eating dandelions without the bitterness. Apparently, you have to get the greens before the plants go to seed, which makes sense, because you have to do that with lettuce and other greens as well.

One other thing about dandelions. A few days ago I dug up dandelion roots and cleaned them. I’m now drying them, and in a couple of weeks, I’ll be roasting and grinding them to make coffee with! We’ll see how that goes.

  1. bert0001 says:

    My parents and grandparents used to make coffee from Chicory — I think that the root of dandelion has some medicinal value.

  2. You are so adventurous with what you try – congratulations on getting those roots out

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