The common Dandelion. Not just an ordinary weed as many think. This wild edible has many uses, from the flower all the way to the root.
The flowers sprinkled over a salad or made into wine. The flower and leaves are thought to be used for cleansing the kidneys and liver, not to mention they taste really good in the spring when young. An old tale describes the milky latex substance contained in the stalk is thought to cure warts.
Below are the nutritional values for Dandelion.
The bitter greens aid in digestion and dont forget about the root, my favorite part.
The root can be used to make a coffee like hot drink! We roast the root around the campfire once it has been sliced into smaller bits, and grind it into a dry, dark brown coffee like grind. Pour hot water slowly through a filter, (we have used a white cotton tshirt before and an actual coffee filter) and out come a pretty good cup of coffee. My favorite coffee substitute other than Chicory (a different post 😊).
The abundant and easily identified Dandelion plant is one that most tempered climate areas have growing everywhere. That's why it is this weeks "edible plant of the week". Very versatile and delicious!
As always, please positively identify any wild edibles 100% before consuming. All posts from Garrow's Guns & Arrows are meant as informational, and do
not serve as a field guide.
The Dandelion only really has one look-alike that is not actually bad for humans and that is the Cat's Ear or False Dandelion.
There you have it! The Dandelion. Delicious, abundant, and versatile edible plant we enjoy as one of our most common wild edibles.