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  • shooter1201
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    During the Nazi occupation of Greece, the Greeks surviced on wild greens.

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  • Domdabears
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    I've heard of the coffee trick use for dandelions.
    As I'm drinking coffee right now, it just don't sound good.
    I love my coffee!

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  • Curdog
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    The leaves are best before they flower

    Amen to this. Also, most of the bitter latex is in the leaves' midribs- so strip 'em out! They are mildest when harvested from a shady area, and the leaves tend to be bigger- I love to pick them under pines- nearly perfect conditions for good greens.

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  • shooter1201
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    The flowers are edible. To eat, pick, wash and remove the green 'seaple'(sp?), as it is very bitter. Dip in cornmeal batter, fry and eat like 'tater tots'.

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  • maric
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    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

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  • Stitch
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    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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  • badkarma
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    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.

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  • Professor Weno
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    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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  • Skyowl's Wife
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    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.

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  • PT945
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    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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  • Skyowl's Wife
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    This is pretty good dandelion info:

    http://www.wildmanstevebrill.com/Pla...Dandelion.html

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  • Oatmealer
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    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

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  • wyatt265
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    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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  • troubled troubadour
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    Makes good wine too.

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  • Oscar Wilde
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    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.

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