Vegetables and Fruit forum: Who Eats Wild Dandelion Greens?

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Name: Linda
SE Houston, Tx. (Hobby) (Zone 9a)
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Gymgirl
Dec 30, 2015 8:20 AM CST
Stayed up last night watching Youtube videos on harvesting and cooking dandelion greens. In the world of greens, can someone tell me where they fall in taste? Milder like cooked mustards, or, more pungent/bitter like collards?

I spent Monday morning pulling them out of my yard. Should'a watched that video sooner, LOL!!!!!

But, they'll come 'round again.

Also, most of the recipes were a saute with onions, garlic and seasonings. Paul? Allen blanched his first. My usual way to cook greens is overnight in the slow cooker, with ham hocks, onions, bell peppers, pepper, and Season All brand seasoning.

Can I cook the dandelion greens the same way? Probably, huh?

Hugs, All!

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Name: Dillard Haley
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farmerdill
Dec 30, 2015 11:18 AM CST
Dandelion greens tend toward the bitter side, a little stronger tha rutabaga greens, which are a little stronger than turnip greens. Not my favorite but good mixed with other spring greens. My favorites for spring are poke salet and creasy salad ( upland cress) Collards of course are as sweet as cabbage when winter harvested. For fall- winter I like in order of preference, mixed turnip and mustard, turnip, komatsuna, turnip rutabaga mix, winter radish greens, rape, ....kale The socalled mustard spinaches (komatsuna) like Tendergreen and Savanna are quite good. Collards are a loose leaf cabbage and in a class by themselves.
Name: Linda
SE Houston, Tx. (Hobby) (Zone 9a)
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Gymgirl
Dec 30, 2015 11:20 AM CST
Thanks, again, Farmerdill!

I'm going to try some dandelion greens, soon as I find more in my yard.
Name: Alex Junge
MN st paul, (Zone 4a)
Plantsmylove
Jan 3, 2016 4:33 PM CST
What you can do is dig up the taproot and use that to plant in a indoor pot under lights it will grow leaves it can also be baked in the oven and ground up as a coffee substitute

But in this day and age its dangerous to dig up plants just anywhere because of weed killer and other things I would be wary on it just my opinion


Dandilons are great fun with many many uses not just greens but be careful with wild foods some types have dangerous look alikes or are weeds which means they could have been sprayed I would buy seed of Dandilons and plant them indoors belivie it or not they do sell seed of Dandilons
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Name: Jim D
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jimard8
Jan 5, 2016 5:19 AM CST
Then there are cultivars , Giant Dandelion large leaf dandelion , the yellow blooming ones anyway , then there is a Pink that I have never tried , Chicory the Italian dandelion , all Bitter ,,
Last time I ate a few , and the tea , I spice them with , cabbage, a little chocolate mint , a few leaves of Parsley , A small leaf or two of Basil ,

Of course there are times I will wash and chew down a raw leaf of Dandelion , Not as good as lightly boiled ,,

I like the spinach Mustard in cool weather , like onions when in the hotter the weather here , the hotter the taste ,
Mustard are easy quick and grow about all year ..
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Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Jan 6, 2016 8:06 PM CST
If you grow the Dandelions in the shade they will be less bitter. My gardening friend explained that even if grown in the sun the Dandelions can be made less bitter by blanching - excluding all sunlight for a few days by using a black plastic container. I have not tried this method but it sounds easy enough.

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Name: Linda
SE Houston, Tx. (Hobby) (Zone 9a)
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Gymgirl
Jan 6, 2016 8:20 PM CST
Thanks for these tips, guys!
Name: Alex Junge
MN st paul, (Zone 4a)
Plantsmylove
Jan 7, 2016 2:07 PM CST
Your welcome

happy eating.


I would try to grow them myself as greens but I already got my garden planed for the year next year maybe
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jenniferatemple
Jan 9, 2016 9:24 PM CST
Dandelion Greens are best per-blossom. I love them young, uncooked in a salad. I have also sauteed the buttons (seed pods) after the blooms are done. I won't eat the greens once the the flower blooms because they do tend to be more bitter and stronger then.
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Name: Judy
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SCButtercup
Jan 11, 2016 6:07 AM CST
There are several large dandelions peeking through the places between my beds, I'm thinking if harvesting all at once and making a pot of greens, then sautéing with garlic, at the end add grated lemon zest, squeeze of lemon and grated Parmesan, serve over pasta. I tested out some of the dandelions and the nighttime freezes have made them less bitter.
Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Jan 13, 2016 5:46 PM CST
I had to come back and post this link.
A great blog about foraging and check out the recipe for Dandelion Potato soup:
http://the3foragers.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2010-05-...
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Name: Dillard Haley
Augusta Georgia (Zone 8a)
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farmerdill
Jan 13, 2016 6:36 PM CST
Don't care much for the greens. However in my youth wine was a great use for the flowers. http://allrecipes.com/recipe/162202/dandelion-wine/
Name: Linda
SE Houston, Tx. (Hobby) (Zone 9a)
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Gymgirl
Jan 14, 2016 8:54 AM CST
LOLOL! Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Linda
SE Houston, Tx. (Hobby) (Zone 9a)
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Gymgirl
Jan 14, 2016 9:02 AM CST
Greene,
Thanks for that link! I needed the pictures to be sure I'm not picking and eating anything poisonous, LOL!
Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Jan 14, 2016 12:47 PM CST
Gymgirl,
When I find Dandelions growing I harvest the seeds. Planting the seeds in my own garden allows me to control how they grow and I know I won't be getting someone's pesticide residue. I just sprinkle the seeds on top of the planting medium and allow them to grow in a protected corner.
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Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~~"Leaf of Faith"
Name: Linda
SE Houston, Tx. (Hobby) (Zone 9a)
"Godspeed, & Good Harvest!"
Region: Texas Vegetable Grower Seed Starter Garden Ideas: Master Level Canning and food preservation Gardens in Buckets
Tip Photographer Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Ferns
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Gymgirl
Jan 14, 2016 2:02 PM CST
Greene,
The fuzzy ball is the seeds, yes?
Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Jan 14, 2016 2:28 PM CST
Here are photos from the ATP database. The first one shows part of the "fuzzy ball"; the seeds are visible and are connected to the white fluff.

This is an excellent photo. It shows 2 seeds. See how the seed is attached to the ...I call it a helicopter...The white part helps the seed to be dispersed away from the parent plant. The seed is the brown part.
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~~"Leaf of Faith"
Name: Linda
SE Houston, Tx. (Hobby) (Zone 9a)
"Godspeed, & Good Harvest!"
Region: Texas Vegetable Grower Seed Starter Garden Ideas: Master Level Canning and food preservation Gardens in Buckets
Tip Photographer Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Ferns
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Gymgirl
Jan 15, 2016 9:11 AM CST
My goodness, Greene!

Those ARE amazing pics!!!! Thanks soooooooooooo much. I'll be on the lookout for some dandelions growing in my yard, and try to harvest some seeds. And, thanks for the suggestion to set aside a patch specifically for the dandelions. That's a great idea!

I'll let you know what I decide to do.

Hugs! Lovey dubby Lovey dubby
Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Jan 15, 2016 11:05 AM CST
One thing to remember. If I were to cook up a big batch of Dandelion greens and try to eat it...yuck...(to me anyway). It's best to "sneak" a small amount into other recipes where the taste will enhance rather than overpower. Think of it like Radishes. I like a few thin slices of Radish in my tossed green salad but I would never eat an entire plate full of Radishes.
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~~"Leaf of Faith"
Name: Linda
SE Houston, Tx. (Hobby) (Zone 9a)
"Godspeed, & Good Harvest!"
Region: Texas Vegetable Grower Seed Starter Garden Ideas: Master Level Canning and food preservation Gardens in Buckets
Tip Photographer Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Ferns
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Gymgirl
Jan 15, 2016 11:08 AM CST
Ooooooooooooooooooooh. Gotcha! Smiling Smiling Smiling

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