The Dandelion is often looked at as a nuisance weed that needs to be gotten rid of, yet is one of the most useful weeds there is. Every part of the dandelion can be used in some way and is often ignored. It is quite an abundant edible in early spring growing virtually everywhere. It truly is an amazing plant that should really gain more status than a pesky weed! So how exactly can you make use of it?
Making Use Of Dandelions
Roots: The roots of the dandelion can be dried, roasted and ground to be used as a coffee substitute. Some prefer to mix this with a little chicory for a more robust flavor.
Leaves: The leaves can be gathered and cooked or eaten fresh like any other greens such as turnip greens, or collards. They are best when gathered young, before the plant flowers. They are usually considered a bitter green however and you may want to mix them with sweeter greens such as mustard greens. Don’t know how to cook greens?
- Fill a 2 qt pan with greens (dandelions mixed with preferred greens)
- Add about 1 cup water
- 1 tsp. prepared minced garlic
- 1 Onion chopped
- ½ tsp. dried red pepper flakes
- Cook this down on a medium high heat stirring often until the liquid has
- cooked out from the greens. Add 2 Tablespoons of bacon grease or
- butter and cook, stirring an additional 5 minutes.
Blossoms: When using the blossoms, make sure you only get the head of the blossoms, with no part of the stems attached. The blossoms themselves can be fried up to have a similar taste to that of a Morel Mushroom. They can also be used to make dandelion jelly or even dandelion wine!
Free, tasty, and abundant, what more could anyone want? How do you like to use your dandelions?
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Carrie Hetu is not a financial expert, but has been passionate about finances since the age of 19 years old when a neighbor introduced her to taxes. From that time, she has made a point to increase her financial literacy into areas of frugal living, investing, real estate, budgeting and passive income. She currently blogs at Poor to Rich a Day at a Time and Simply Homeschooled.