Taraxacum officinale ASTERACEAE
Often unappreciated because it is considered a weed by some, the dandelion has many uses as a culinary and medicinal herb. The entire plant is edible and can be boiled for 5 to 10 minutes and served as a vegetable. The leaves are best when small and blanched or when collected before flowering occurs. The flowers make a pleasant nibble and add color to salads. Baked roots are ground to make a coffee substitute. Medicinal: As a diuretic, dandelion stimulates the kidney without causing loss of potassium. As an hepatic and cholagogue it is used for liver and gall bladder congestion.
[Culture: Perennial, zones 3-10/---/light-dependent germinator/7-21 days/direct sow, transplant/Spring through Fall/sun/2-18" ht./6-12" apart]
Photography by Jude Della Terra
This product was added to our catalog on Friday 05 November, 2004.