How to Eat a Dandelion

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Introduction: How to Eat a Dandelion

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Dandelions have many nutritional benefits, making them very healthy to consume. There are many ways to incorporate dandelion flowers, leaves, and roots into a meal. This meal will include dandelion root coffee and dandelion salad.

Step 1: Digging Your Dandelions!

When digging your dandelions make sure you dig deep down to get as much of the root as possible.

WARNING: Make sure your dandelions have not been sprayed with weed killer or anything poisonous.

Step 2: Cleaning the Roots

First cut off your roots from the dandelion and soak them in water. Then rub them and repeat this process until they are clean.

Step 3: Chopping

After the roots are clean and dry cut them up into smaller chunks.

Step 4: Cooking

Heat the oven 350° F(177° C). Place your roots on a pan and cook them for 10-15 minutes. Keep a eye on your roots and move them around every 5 minutes. The roots should smoke a little and give off a chocolaty aroma while cooking. When they look like charcoal and snap apart easily they are done.

Step 5: Grinding

Now grind the roots just like you would do with coffee beans.

Step 6: Coffee!

Mix the dandelion root into boiling water, after a few minutes turn off the heat. Next drain the roots out of the coffee, I used a coffee filter sitting in a sifter. You could also use your coffee maker to do this.

Step 7: Washing the Greens

First you need to wash the green to get any dirt off of them. I soaked mine in water, rubbed them, and repeated until they were clean.

Step 8: Cutting

Cut off the stems of the greens. Next cut the green into appropriate sized pieces.

Note: Dandelion greens have a slightly bitter taste so I recommend adding in some lettuce and dressing.

Step 9: Flowers

Carefully remove the green part of the dandelion and cut off any stem.

Note: The green part can be very bitter so I recommend removing it but it is optional.

Step 10: Bon Appétit

Lastly place your dandelion root coffee in a cup and plate your salad.

I hope you enjoyed this instructable, happy eating!

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    2 Tips

    I have the book and the book sais that you can remove bitterness by soaking leaves in salty water for 30 minutes. Also you can cover the plant from sunlight while it grows to discolor it and reduce bitterness. And what goes for the roots - you can boil them for 6-8 minuts in slightly salted water.

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    Nice instructable!

    For those who do not know I just want to emphasize; do not eat the stem, the white juice in it is caustic.

    Also do not pick dandelions that grow along the roadside, these are not suitable for consumption because of the exhaust fumes and other pollution, like oil and rubber particles coming from cars.

    Enjoy :)

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    Dandelions are highly esteemed in herbalism, and eating them over a long period of time is said to result in clear skin and more energy overall. In fact there are a whole host of benefits associated with eating dandelions. Thanks for the great instructable!

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    Thank you, and yes there are a lot of benefits that come with eating dandelions. I'm glad you liked it!

    Thank you for the great tips!