Dandelons are a great "gateway plant" for beginning foragers!
Most people know what a dandelion looks like, and may even be aware that dandelions can somehow be eaten.
I love dandelions for SO many reasons!
Dandelion leaves (greens) are very rich in vitamins, minerals and various antioxidants.
In other words, a very healthy food to add to your diet.
The leaves are somewhat bitter, and less so before the plant has flowered.
Some of us enjoy bitter greens. To make dandelion leaves milder, just boil them and discard the water. They still have a ton on nutritional content!
Use in any recipe that calls for cooked greens (like the yummy quiche above)
I love to eat dandelion flowers!
Try one straight from the garden.
Or pick a bunch and fry them up as fritters - - super yummy!!
An array of dandelion flower heads... isn't that a pretty pic?
OK, I know... I'm a forager nerd :-)
Dandelion petals can be easliy pulled from the flower heads. I do this to whip up my Dandelion Sunshine Smoothies!
Removing the green base from the petals takes away any hint of bitter flavor. This gives you a super-nutrient supplement to your favorite smoothie.
And that sunshine color!