Can be found almost anywhere and at any time of year. There are up to two hundred and thirty five micro species of dandelion all lumped under the Taraxacum officinale name.
|Common Names||Dandelion, Dent-de lion, Pissabed, Piss-en-lit|
|Scientific Name||Taraxacum officinale|
Quite large yellow flowers made up of many fine, long, thin petals turning into the well known sphere of seed parachutes.
Long, thin and hollow stem for the flower, the leaves have no stem and grow from the base of the plant.
Everybody knows the Dandelion clock of seeds. These can travel long distances to spread to almost anywhere.
Pasture, fields, hedgerows, gardens, roadside, woods and waste ground, pretty much everywhere.
Cats Ear, Hawkbit or Goats Beard but they are all edible.
The leaves cooked like spinach are very bitter but the taste grows on you the more you eat.
Only the younger leaves should be consumed. The root can be dug up and roasted in a fire.
Dandelion is a diuretic, increasing urine production, so is good as detox for the blood and helps improve kidney and liver function. It can be used as a tea, the roots, leaves and flowers. The white sap in the stem and leaves has been used traditionally for curing warts.
Eaten by man in times of famine the roots contain starch. The leaves are diuretic hence the name Pissabed. The dandelion has many food uses such as salad, a green vegetable, a flavouring for soft and alcoholic drinks, a substitute for coffee and a calorific staple.