Posted by: recycledstyles | May 29, 2011

Edible Weeds – Dandelion

As I was walking home from breakfast this morning I got to a conversation with my flatmate Phil – about dandelions a common weed seen throughout New Zealand. It inspired me to write a series of blog posts on edible “weeds” that you see on the verge of most public streets.

What is the definition of a weed?

On one level, it is something that you don’t want there/you perceive has no use to you.

Worldwide there is a small movement arising at the moment which is looking to revolutionise the way that we look at weeds.

This is interesting because it ties in with urban foraging. There is nothing to stop you grabbing some weeds that noone else wants, right?

In this short blog post, I want to focus on the much maligned dandelion; which look a little like this.

Dandelion leaves can provide a great addition to any salad, with a slight peppery taste, just make sure you get the leaves when they are relatively young (e.g. they don’t have visible hairs on them). A great dandelion salad recipe can be found here if you want to give it a crack.

Dandelion also have really great healing properties – being a rich source of antioxidants, Vitamins A, B and D. The leaves also make a great tea – to see how to make dandelion tea, check out this great recipe.

Or if you fancy a hot cup of joe, the root of the dandelion can be ground into a powder which has a very similar taste to your traditional coffee and is very good for you as well, for a cup of Dandelion Coffee check out this guide. Not that I can vouch for the quality of said coffee having never tried it myself.

Finally if you fancy a glass of wine with your salad, the flowers of the dandelion plant make a well known delicious wine – if you are a game this website has a great overview of how to make the wine.

Cheers,

I hope you enjoyed this post and look forward to the next edible weed addition.

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