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06-25-2019 08:56 AM
America's Patriot Holy cow! Dandelions? What a great idea!



06-25-2019 08:36 AM
OrneryOldBat
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Originally Posted by Colt View Post
Here's what's important if you actually want to survive on them and not use them as a novelty food.

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If you're eating nothing but Dandelion Greens you'll need at least 60 cups per person per day.
Gah I hope no one is trying to live on greens of any variety. You eat them for the nutrients not the calories. Not so important now where we can store all manner of foods over the winter, but the first Spring greens used to be an important boost in people's diet.

There's are fascinating living archeology series put out by the BBC, one of which is Tudor Monastery Farm. Pretty sure it's in this one they talk about how the "weeds" that came up first in the garden were important food available well before the sown crops were up.

06-25-2019 08:12 AM
citykittyatheart Another excellent use of dandelion root is in a decoction, which means boil some root for about 20 minutes and drink like a tea. It's an excellent liver detoxifier. Dandelion is also very often the first food available to bees coming out of hibernation. I always put off my first lawn mowing as long as possible for them, and dig up the roots when I can. I'm not a big fan of the greens. I've had worse, but I've had far better too. Cooking them does help with the bitterness, but still just not the tastiest green I've ever had. Better than nothing on the plate though!
06-22-2019 01:02 PM
Velvet Elvis The uses for dandelions such as coffee or wine making is one of those survival things that Iím always tempted to experiment with, but know that the million other things on my to do list will then not be done. Dammit.... I need to be a retired empty nester 😀.
06-22-2019 04:48 AM
Major Mjolnir
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Originally Posted by Monique View Post
Is the eat the weeds guy still on this site? I have been away for quite a while, but at one time he was an active poster here. Always enjoyed his videos.
I don't believe so. I belong to his forum but I've never asked him about it.
06-21-2019 06:03 PM
Monique Is the eat the weeds guy still on this site? I have been away for quite a while, but at one time he was an active poster here. Always enjoyed his videos.
06-11-2019 08:40 PM
surfcast
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There is plenty of them, in my neck of the woods . I have eaten them in the past , they are a little bitter .
06-11-2019 07:29 PM
fistfulladirt First time I tried em I was 13. Early spring before they go bitter.
I tried all North American edibles while I was in my teens.

Endive. Cold salad greens (dandelion) with chunks of hard boiled egg.
My aunts made it, a staple. Gotta be a Deutschland thing.
06-10-2019 05:16 PM
Colt Here's what's important if you actually want to survive on them and not use them as a novelty food.



If you're eating nothing but Dandelion Greens you'll need at least 60 cups per person per day.
06-10-2019 04:56 PM
Morning - Glory When my granddaughter brings me a bouquet of dandelions I always eat them and she gets a big kick out of it.
06-04-2019 07:22 PM
Don H In addition to Dandelions we have Purslane and Broad-leaf Plantain.

good article on edible weeds: https://www.livescience.com/15322-he...ard-weeds.html
06-04-2019 06:27 PM
dealfinder500 Very useful.

The whole plant is edible. The greens are best when it is a young plant, otherwise they are bitter (but still edible).

The flowers can be used to make jelly. Sometimes you can find some at stores that sell home made jellies.

Though I have not tried it, I'm told the root can be ground up and dried, and makes a passable coffee substitute.

One other note: their roots go very deep, sometimes 50 feet, which brings nutrients to the surface from far below.
06-04-2019 06:07 PM
Offrink They are the first fresh vegetable available in the spring. Not tried them much myself.
06-03-2019 02:35 PM
charliemeyer007 Forage is where you find it.

I like this guy.

06-03-2019 01:44 PM
barnetmill
dandelions for survival?

Apparently dandelions are a very useful plant

Below are links to a youtube video on the Dandelion


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