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  1. #1
    Omelet Guest

    Default Dandelion leaves

    There are a huge mess of fresh young dandelion leaves in my yard at the
    moment. I'm getting in the mood for weeding.

    I'm seriously considering harvesting and eating them this year.

    Any advice from those that do the same? Use or discard the roots etc.?
    --
    Peace! Om

    I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe. -- Dalai Lama

  2. #2
    PeterLucas Guest

    Default Re: Dandelion leaves

    Omelet <[email protected]> wrote in newsmpomelet-2B3BFD.07213723022009
    @news-wc.giganews.com:

    > There are a huge mess of fresh young dandelion leaves in my yard at the
    > moment. I'm getting in the mood for weeding.
    >
    > I'm seriously considering harvesting and eating them this year.
    >
    > Any advice from those that do the same? Use or discard the roots etc.?




    I've heard of Dandelion tea, but not much else.

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    Brisbane
    Australia

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  3. #3
    Omelet Guest

    Default Re: Dandelion leaves

    In article <[email protected] >,
    PeterLucas <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Omelet <[email protected]> wrote in newsmpomelet-2B3BFD.07213723022009
    > @news-wc.giganews.com:
    >
    > > There are a huge mess of fresh young dandelion leaves in my yard at the
    > > moment. I'm getting in the mood for weeding.
    > >
    > > I'm seriously considering harvesting and eating them this year.
    > >
    > > Any advice from those that do the same? Use or discard the roots etc.?

    >
    >
    >
    > I've heard of Dandelion tea, but not much else.


    That's with the blossoms, not the leaves babe.
    But thanks.
    --
    Peace! Om

    I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe. -- Dalai Lama

  4. #4
    PeterLucas Guest

    Default Re: Dandelion leaves

    Omelet <[email protected]> wrote in newsmpomelet-C43B89.08124023022009
    @news-wc.giganews.com:


    >> I've heard of Dandelion tea, but not much else.

    >
    > That's with the blossoms, not the leaves babe.
    > But thanks.



    You tweaked my interest...... so I went looking :-)

    It's very versatile.....


    http://www.prodigalgardens.info/dandelion%20recipes.htm


    http://www.mariquita.com/recipes/dandelion.html


    http://southernfood.about.com/od/col...r/bl30319f.htm


    Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, dandelion wine!!

    http://www.seedsofknowledge.com/dandelion.html

    http://www.astray.com/recipes/?search=dandelion


    That should get the ball rolling :-)


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    Brisbane
    Australia

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  5. #5
    James Silverton Guest

    Default Re: Dandelion leaves

    Omelet wrote on Mon, 23 Feb 2009 08:12:40 -0600:

    >> Omelet <[email protected]> wrote in
    >> newsmpomelet-2B3BFD.07213723022009
    >> @news-wc.giganews.com:
    >>
    > >> There are a huge mess of fresh young dandelion leaves in my
    > >> yard at the moment. I'm getting in the mood for weeding.
    > >>
    > >> I'm seriously considering harvesting and eating them this
    > >> year.
    > >>
    > >> Any advice from those that do the same? Use or discard the
    > >> roots etc.?

    >>
    >> I've heard of Dandelion tea, but not much else.


    > That's with the blossoms, not the leaves babe.
    > But thanks.


    I've eaten and quite enjoyed dandelion *leaves* in a mixed green salad
    where they add an interesting bitter taste. That's about as far as I
    would go tho' I believe they have actually been cooked. However, unlike
    me, some people like long cooked spinach and vegetable greens.
    --

    James Silverton
    Potomac, Maryland

    Email, with obvious alterations: not.jim.silverton.at.verizon.not


  6. #6
    Mike Beede Guest

    Default Re: Dandelion leaves

    In article <[email protected]>,
    Omelet <[email protected]> wrote:

    > There are a huge mess of fresh young dandelion leaves in my yard at the
    > moment. I'm getting in the mood for weeding.
    >
    > I'm seriously considering harvesting and eating them this year.
    >
    > Any advice from those that do the same? Use or discard the roots etc.?


    You can just plain old eat the leaves. The flowers can
    be used as flavoring for dandelion wine:
    <http://winemaking.jackkeller.net/dandelio.asp>

    This is a brief discussion of what you can use them
    for and their properties:
    <http://nccam.nih.gov/health/dandelion/>

    This suggests you can roast the roots and make a beverage
    from them:
    <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dandelion_coffee>

    This claims to be an Indian recipe, but I think it's
    modernized. Sounds good, though:
    <http://www.aurora-inn.mb.ca/food.html#dandy>

    I assume you haven't used pesticides recently on your
    lawn. That might be bad.

    Mike Beede

  7. #7
    Janet Bostwick Guest

    Default Re: Dandelion leaves

    PeterLucas wrote:
    > Omelet <[email protected]> wrote in
    > newsmpomelet-2B3BFD.07213723022009 @news-wc.giganews.com:
    >
    >> There are a huge mess of fresh young dandelion leaves in my yard at
    >> the moment. I'm getting in the mood for weeding.
    >>
    >> I'm seriously considering harvesting and eating them this year.
    >>
    >> Any advice from those that do the same? Use or discard the roots
    >> etc.?

    >
    >
    >
    > I've heard of Dandelion tea, but not much else.
    >
    > --
    > Peter Lucas

    Don't forget Dandelion Wine.
    Janet



  8. #8
    George Shirley Guest

    Default Re: Dandelion leaves

    Omelet wrote:
    > There are a huge mess of fresh young dandelion leaves in my yard at the
    > moment. I'm getting in the mood for weeding.
    >
    > I'm seriously considering harvesting and eating them this year.
    >
    > Any advice from those that do the same? Use or discard the roots etc.?


    We never ate the roots Om, just the tender young leaves. If you leave
    them to flower you can pick the flowers and make a nice wine from them.

  9. #9
    Omelet Guest

    Default Re: Dandelion leaves

    In article <[email protected]> ,
    PeterLucas <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Omelet <[email protected]> wrote in newsmpomelet-C43B89.08124023022009
    > @news-wc.giganews.com:
    >
    >
    > >> I've heard of Dandelion tea, but not much else.

    > >
    > > That's with the blossoms, not the leaves babe.
    > > But thanks.

    >
    >
    > You tweaked my interest...... so I went looking :-)
    >
    > It's very versatile.....
    >
    >
    > http://www.prodigalgardens.info/dandelion%20recipes.htm
    >
    >
    > http://www.mariquita.com/recipes/dandelion.html
    >
    >
    > http://southernfood.about.com/od/col...r/bl30319f.htm
    >
    >
    > Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, dandelion wine!!
    >
    > http://www.seedsofknowledge.com/dandelion.html
    >
    > http://www.astray.com/recipes/?search=dandelion
    >
    >
    > That should get the ball rolling :-)


    <lol> Thanks!
    --
    Peace! Om

    I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe. -- Dalai Lama

  10. #10
    Omelet Guest

    Default Re: Dandelion leaves

    In article <piyol.1179$[email protected]>,
    "James Silverton" <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Omelet wrote on Mon, 23 Feb 2009 08:12:40 -0600:
    >
    > >> Omelet <[email protected]> wrote in
    > >> newsmpomelet-2B3BFD.07213723022009
    > >> @news-wc.giganews.com:
    > >>
    > > >> There are a huge mess of fresh young dandelion leaves in my
    > > >> yard at the moment. I'm getting in the mood for weeding.
    > > >>
    > > >> I'm seriously considering harvesting and eating them this
    > > >> year.
    > > >>
    > > >> Any advice from those that do the same? Use or discard the
    > > >> roots etc.?
    > >>
    > >> I've heard of Dandelion tea, but not much else.

    >
    > > That's with the blossoms, not the leaves babe.
    > > But thanks.

    >
    > I've eaten and quite enjoyed dandelion *leaves* in a mixed green salad
    > where they add an interesting bitter taste. That's about as far as I
    > would go tho' I believe they have actually been cooked. However, unlike
    > me, some people like long cooked spinach and vegetable greens.


    I'll most likely try them both ways. I've been on a raw baby spinach
    leaf kick now for 3 weeks.
    --
    Peace! Om

    I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe. -- Dalai Lama

  11. #11
    Omelet Guest

    Default Re: Dandelion leaves

    In article <[email protected]>,
    Mike Beede <[email protected]> wrote:

    > In article <[email protected]>,
    > Omelet <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    > > There are a huge mess of fresh young dandelion leaves in my yard at the
    > > moment. I'm getting in the mood for weeding.
    > >
    > > I'm seriously considering harvesting and eating them this year.
    > >
    > > Any advice from those that do the same? Use or discard the roots etc.?

    >
    > You can just plain old eat the leaves. The flowers can
    > be used as flavoring for dandelion wine:
    > <http://winemaking.jackkeller.net/dandelio.asp>
    >
    > This is a brief discussion of what you can use them
    > for and their properties:
    > <http://nccam.nih.gov/health/dandelion/>
    >
    > This suggests you can roast the roots and make a beverage
    > from them:
    > <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dandelion_coffee>
    >
    > This claims to be an Indian recipe, but I think it's
    > modernized. Sounds good, though:
    > <http://www.aurora-inn.mb.ca/food.html#dandy>
    >
    > I assume you haven't used pesticides recently on your
    > lawn. That might be bad.
    >
    > Mike Beede


    I rarely, if ever, use pesticides at all, least of all in the garden
    beds which is where these are growing. I'll use 5% sevin dust for flea
    control but again, that's not in the garden beds!
    --
    Peace! Om

    I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe. -- Dalai Lama

  12. #12
    Omelet Guest

    Default Re: Dandelion leaves

    In article <kxyol.7575$[email protected]>,
    George Shirley <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Omelet wrote:
    > > There are a huge mess of fresh young dandelion leaves in my yard at the
    > > moment. I'm getting in the mood for weeding.
    > >
    > > I'm seriously considering harvesting and eating them this year.
    > >
    > > Any advice from those that do the same? Use or discard the roots etc.?

    >
    > We never ate the roots Om, just the tender young leaves. If you leave
    > them to flower you can pick the flowers and make a nice wine from them.


    I do need to try that one of these years, but right now they are weeds
    in the asparagus and peruvian daffodil beds and need to come out. :-)
    --
    Peace! Om

    I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe. -- Dalai Lama

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    Kswck Guest

    Default Re: Dandelion leaves


    "Omelet" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news[email protected]..
    > There are a huge mess of fresh young dandelion leaves in my yard at the
    > moment. I'm getting in the mood for weeding.
    >
    > I'm seriously considering harvesting and eating them this year.
    >
    > Any advice from those that do the same? Use or discard the roots etc.?
    > --
    > Peace! Om
    >
    > I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not
    > judge the universe. -- Dalai Lama


    Might want to check on the types of chemicals you've put on the lawn in the
    past few years.



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    Omelet Guest

    Default Re: Dandelion leaves

    In article <49a321c4$0$5915$[email protected]>,
    "Kswck" <[email protected]> wrote:

    > "Omelet" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news[email protected]..
    > > There are a huge mess of fresh young dandelion leaves in my yard at the
    > > moment. I'm getting in the mood for weeding.
    > >
    > > I'm seriously considering harvesting and eating them this year.
    > >
    > > Any advice from those that do the same? Use or discard the roots etc.?
    > > --
    > > Peace! Om
    > >
    > > I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not
    > > judge the universe. -- Dalai Lama

    >
    > Might want to check on the types of chemicals you've put on the lawn in the
    > past few years.


    I'm not a big chemical user so there are no worries there.
    --
    Peace! Om

    I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe. -- Dalai Lama

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    phil-c Guest

    Default Re: Dandelion leaves

    Omelet wrote:
    > In article <49a321c4$0$5915$[email protected]>,
    > "Kswck" <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> "Omelet" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >> news[email protected]..
    >>> There are a huge mess of fresh young dandelion leaves in my yard at the
    >>> moment. I'm getting in the mood for weeding.
    >>>
    >>> I'm seriously considering harvesting and eating them this year.
    >>>
    >>> Any advice from those that do the same? Use or discard the roots etc.?
    >>> --
    >>> Peace! Om
    >>>
    >>> I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not
    >>> judge the universe. -- Dalai Lama

    >> Might want to check on the types of chemicals you've put on the lawn in the
    >> past few years.

    >
    > I'm not a big chemical user so there are no worries there.


    FYI


    http://www.drugs.com/npp/dandelion.html

  16. #16
    Steve Pope Guest

    Default Re: Dandelion leaves

    Young, chemical-free dandelion leaves should be fine. I like
    them sauteed in evoo, with a dash of sea salt, and a splash
    of white vinegar and a few grinds of the pepper mill.
    When they're reduced down by half and tender they are ready
    to munch down.

    Steve

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    jmcquown Guest

    Default Re: Dandelion leaves

    "Omelet" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news[email protected]..
    > There are a huge mess of fresh young dandelion leaves in my yard at the
    > moment. I'm getting in the mood for weeding.
    >
    > I'm seriously considering harvesting and eating them this year.
    >
    > Any advice from those that do the same? Use or discard the roots etc.?
    > --
    > Peace! Om
    >



    I believe it's just the leaves. And depending upon where you pick them,
    make sure they aren't covered weed killer. I remember my father telling me
    his mother would send him out to pick dandelion greens during the 1930's
    Depression. Neither of them is alive so I can't ask but I think she cooked
    them like turnip greens.

    Jill


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    Omelet Guest

    Default Re: Dandelion leaves

    In article <gnvntt$uto$[email protected]>,
    phil-c <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Omelet wrote:
    > > In article <49a321c4$0$5915$[email protected]>,
    > > "Kswck" <[email protected]> wrote:
    > >
    > >> "Omelet" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > >> news[email protected]..
    > >>> There are a huge mess of fresh young dandelion leaves in my yard at the
    > >>> moment. I'm getting in the mood for weeding.
    > >>>
    > >>> I'm seriously considering harvesting and eating them this year.
    > >>>
    > >>> Any advice from those that do the same? Use or discard the roots etc.?

    >
    > >> Might want to check on the types of chemicals you've put on the lawn in
    > >> the
    > >> past few years.

    > >
    > > I'm not a big chemical user so there are no worries there.

    >
    > FYI
    >
    >
    > http://www.drugs.com/npp/dandelion.html


    Good link, thanks!
    --
    Peace! Om

    I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe. -- Dalai Lama

  19. #19
    Omelet Guest

    Default Re: Dandelion leaves

    In article <go08ht$2j8$[email protected]>,
    [email protected] (Steve Pope) wrote:

    > Young, chemical-free dandelion leaves should be fine. I like
    > them sauteed in evoo, with a dash of sea salt, and a splash
    > of white vinegar and a few grinds of the pepper mill.
    > When they're reduced down by half and tender they are ready
    > to munch down.
    >
    > Steve


    Ok, that sounds good. I have a lot of very young plants coming up at
    the moment and eating them raw did not appeal, thanks!
    --
    Peace! Om

    I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe. -- Dalai Lama

  20. #20
    Omelet Guest

    Default Re: Dandelion leaves

    In article <[email protected]>,
    "jmcquown" <[email protected]> wrote:

    > "Omelet" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news[email protected]..
    > > There are a huge mess of fresh young dandelion leaves in my yard at the
    > > moment. I'm getting in the mood for weeding.
    > >
    > > I'm seriously considering harvesting and eating them this year.
    > >
    > > Any advice from those that do the same? Use or discard the roots etc.?
    > > --
    > > Peace! Om
    > >

    >
    >
    > I believe it's just the leaves. And depending upon where you pick them,
    > make sure they aren't covered weed killer. I remember my father telling me
    > his mother would send him out to pick dandelion greens during the 1930's
    > Depression. Neither of them is alive so I can't ask but I think she cooked
    > them like turnip greens.
    >
    > Jill


    Thanks Jill! These are in my back garden beds and have not been treated
    to either pesticides or weed chemicals. The ones I mainly have my eye on
    are in the asparagus bed. Those especially have never even been treated
    with sevin. It's where most of my baby lady bugs live. :-) On the ferned
    out leaves of mature asparagus.
    --
    Peace! Om

    I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe. -- Dalai Lama

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