Eat dandelions? Yes, and the nice thing is that 100% of the dandelion is edible!
Historically, Europeans brought dandelions to America as a food crop but now it is considered to be one of the most annoying weeds plaguing the suburban lawn.
Yet, a 55 gram serving of Dandelion contains 112% of the recommended daily amount of Vitamin A, 32% Vitamin C, 10% Calcium, 9% Iron, 1g Protein, 2g Dietary Fiber and considered to be a good source of Folate, Magnesium, Phosphorous, Vitamin E, B6 and K to name a few. (source: Nutritiondata.self.com)
As long as you don’t spray your lawn, you can eat dandelions right from the lawn or garden beds.
- Dandelion Tops: Batter and fry them. Try it out, it may not be for everyone.
- Dandelion “greens”: The greens would be the leaves. Prepare them like any other greens. For example, saute with a little oil, onions, and garlic. They are absolutely delicious. Alternatively, you can include them in a salad raw for a real boost to the salad experience.
- Roots: Collect the roots ideally after a light rain as they can be a little difficult to pull out without breaking. You may want to bring along a tool to dig them out. Once washed, the roots can be roasted and grinded into dandelion “coffee.” Read our article on how to do this here. It has a really great earthy taste to it.
The stems, or hollow tubes that the flower head is on, I throw into the compost bin, but some folks eat those as well, and one certainly can, but I have not found a way to make them yummy.