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    Dandelion leaves make a great additive to a salad, or a garnish, or all on their own.

    Some grocers even sell them, but why buy them when they are everywhere! You can also dry and grind up the root to make a yummy coffee-type substitute!

    Avoid dandelions from treated lawns though ;)
    “Efficiency is intelligent laziness.”

  • #2
    cool. I will have to try the coffee trick.

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    • #3
      cant you eat the whole dandelion plant? stem, flower and all i thought. and lemon grass is tasty too.

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      • #4
        I have so many popping up in the yard now...after a few of them here and there in meals, think I would quickly get tired of them...but while in survival mode, food is food.

        I will have to try the coffee trick as well...sounds promising.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Jamman View Post
          cant you eat the whole dandelion plant? stem, flower and all i thought.
          I can't find the source but I've read that the stem is not to be eaten .... the rest is a go particularly the root.

          O.W.
          Things are seldom what they seem.

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          • #6
            Makes good wine too.
            When you have no choice, you have no fear!

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            • #7
              Hey, back in a small town in Illinois where I grew up in the 50's My Grandma and I used to walk the yards an alleys for the fresh greens from the dandy.....lion... Also the flowers without the green part can be used to make a really light flavorful wine. takes a lot tho. the flowers I mean. Of course, you don't want dandy lions that have been sprayed with weed killer or other noxious things. The greens as I recall with a bit of vinigar were similar to spinich. Pretty tasty, the stems.............. just don't know. don't think so tho,

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Jamman View Post
                cant you eat the whole dandelion plant? stem, flower and all i thought. and lemon grass is tasty too.
                You shouldn't eat anything buy the roots and leaves. The "milk" the plant produces is extremely bitter
                “Efficiency is intelligent laziness.”

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                • #9
                  This is pretty good dandelion info:

                  http://www.wildmanstevebrill.com/Pla...Dandelion.html
                  "If Howdy Doody runs against him, I'm voting for the puppet." - SkyOwl's Wife, 2012

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Jamman View Post
                    cant you eat the whole dandelion plant? stem, flower and all i thought. and lemon grass is tasty too.
                    Indian lemon grass is also a bug repellent because it contains citronella.

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                    • #11
                      I had never heard of lemon grass until daughter found Lemongrass Chicken at a local Viet Namese eatery.

                      Will look into it. If it will grow here, I can add it to the chives and marigolds dotted around the garden boxes to repel bugs.
                      "If Howdy Doody runs against him, I'm voting for the puppet." - SkyOwl's Wife, 2012

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                      • #12
                        I cooked up some dandelions yesterday. 1) I think I got older leaves - all I could find 2) I think that I should have boiled them 3) I sauted them with onions, butter and garlic but they still had a bitter, overpowering taste. What is the best way to prepare them?

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Professor Weno View Post
                          I cooked up some dandelions yesterday. 1) I think I got older leaves - all I could find 2) I think that I should have boiled them 3) I sauted them with onions, butter and garlic but they still had a bitter, overpowering taste. What is the best way to prepare them?
                          New leaves are best. I'd recommend eating them uncooked, I don't know how heat makes them react. That might make them bitter in the same way that cooking some greens makes them NOT bitter.
                          surviveinthesuburbs.blogspot.com

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                          • #14
                            The leaves are best before they flower. It helps with the older leaves if you change the water after bringing it to a boil, this will help get rid of some of the bitternes. The juiced roots are a good liver/blood cleanser, but the taste is horrible.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Skyowl's Wife View Post
                              This is pretty good dandelion info:

                              http://www.wildmanstevebrill.com/Pla...Dandelion.html
                              Good stuff, Wife! My almost 3 yr old eats everything, literally... she loves dandelions, I got a lot of info from the article!!! thanks
                              If the zombies chase us, Im tripping you!!!

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