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The Top 10 Reasons to Eat Dandelions

One of the most common and most despised weeds in the world is the dandelion. They seem to grow everywhere, particularly where you don’t want them to grow. That is a classic definition of a ‘weed’; a plant that grows where you don’t want it to grow. However, there are some fantastic reasons to eat dandelions, too. Here are the top 10 reasons:

#9 Dandelions are easy to cook

There are quite a few recipes for dandelions. However, the leaves are quite simple to just rinse and steam. The roots can be washed, peeled, sliced, and cooked like carrots. The roots can also be dried, ground, and used as a coffee substitute. The flowers can be batter fried or made into dandelion wine. None of these are difficult.

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  1. When my husband was alive he knew how to dig out the dandelions from our garden root and all. Then we would wash the leaves and leaves them to soak to take away some of the bitterness. Afterward, chop the leaves and even grate some of the bigger roots. Then make a delicious salad. One way was to use oil, lemon juice, some soy sauce and some chopped ham or salami and another with salt, freshly grated pepper and sour cream. I see the dandelions outside but I cannot dig them out myself. Maybe I will try to pull some leaves. I also enjoy the flowers they are kind of sweet and I just pluck those and eat them.

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    • One of my favorite spring vegetables is steamed dandelion crowns. That is the part at the base of the plant just above the root. I steam them, add butter and salt, and eat them just like that. Once in a while, I’ll also add chopped onions, but I usually do that just when I’ve chopped too many onions for another dish.

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