I am going to start posting edibles that you can get from your yard. Since GMOs are ruining our food supply I figured I would post alternative food sources. There is a saying if in doubt don't , I apply that to any wild edible. If I am not certain what it is I will not eat it.
Dandelions have a lot of health benefits they help detox the body and protect the renal system. They can be tasty also.
Step 1: Washing and Drying
Some people don't wash their dandelion flowers but I do because sometimes I see slugs crawling on them and they carry some pretty serious diseases. After I wash them I put them on a plate with a paper towel to dry. When I wash them I use luke warm water. I have cold water seems to make them close.
Step 2: Remove Excess Green
Next try to remove as much green as you can to get rid of some of the bitter taste. There is a little ring of green on the outside with little leaflet life things. I peel them off.
Step 3: Egg and Milk
Next dip them in egg, I add a little milk to make them a little more golden when they fry.
Step 4: Breading
For the breading I use a mixture of half Italian style breading and half all purpose flour. I cover them with flour and leave them sit for a little bit. The breading seems to stick better if you leave them set a few minutes.
Step 5: Deep Fry
When you throw them in the deep fryer watch them very close because they cook fast. When one side is cooked you will need to turn them. Do not walk away from them as I stated they cook very fast.
That is it eat and enjoy. They have a taste that is kind of like a cross between artichoke heart and zucchini, with a slight bitterness to them.
Make sure you drink water when you eat them because dandelion is a diuretic like coffee and tea.