my mom used to make a dandelion salad with the greens, and use a sweet and sour dressing - yum. I thought I heard or read somewhere that they have more nutrients than some plants, because their tap roots grow so deeply that they pull out nutrients other plants can't reach.
Wow, I had no idea you can eat the flowers, too. My mom told me when I was little to never touch those because they are poisonous, esp. the white milky juice in the stem. No idea where she got that from. I'll let her know that I'm gonna make some for dinner soon.
Just had some of the dandelion flowers today. They are so good fried in light olive oil, coated in gluten free flour and milk and seasoned to taste. I will be fixing more this evening. I like the leaves in salads, but to me the flowers are a treat. I have also cooked the leaves by wilting them in light olive oil. Very tasty.
Edited by: CINDERRELIC at: 4/8/2011 (18:24)
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My great uncle loves dandelion and first introduced it to me as a food when I was a little girl. I am planning on taking him out for a ham and dandlion dinner (we have plenty in my area) in the next few weeks as the dandelion becomes more prevalent.
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My Dad used to make some pretty fine dandelion wine. We also ate the greens prepared like spinach. IDK how many hours I spend digging dandelions as a kid. Besides...those little yellow flowers are kind of perky against a green lawn.
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LOL!!! My husband has been battling these for years. I doubt that I could get him to eat them just on principle. After years of using chemicals, I'd be afraid to eat what's in our lawn. We've been chemical free for a couple of years now, but the thought of eating anything from that lawn is creepy.
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