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Old 06-03-2019, 01:44 PM
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Apparently dandelions are a very useful plant

Below are links to a youtube video on the Dandelion

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Forage is where you find it.

I like this guy.

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They are the first fresh vegetable available in the spring. Not tried them much myself.
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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.
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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
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When my granddaughter brings me a bouquet of dandelions I always eat them and she gets a big kick out of it.
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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.
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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.
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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 .
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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.
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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.
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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 😀.
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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!
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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.

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Holy cow! Dandelions? What a great idea!



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