Vegetables and Fruit forum: Is anybody harvesting fresh dandelion greens?

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Name: Carole
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Jan 31, 2012 7:17 AM CST
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plantladylin
Jan 31, 2012 8:15 AM CST
LOL, I saw bunches of the fluffy Dandelion heads somewhere yesterday! When Dandelions pop up in my lawn I usually pull them up and they go into the compost. I'm a southerner and I've had the leaves in salads before but I've never tried them cooked. I might have to give it a try sometime, a little olive oil, a few spices ...
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Jan 31, 2012 8:16 AM CST
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LindaTX8
Jan 31, 2012 10:11 PM CST
No, but I've been eating chickweed, which is supposed to be nutritious!
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SongofJoy
Feb 1, 2012 4:07 AM CST
I saw that in my Edible Wild Plants book. I haven't tried chickweed, but I think I will. What do think of the taste? Do you eat it in salads or ?

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sheryl
Feb 1, 2012 10:47 AM CST
How are dandelion greens cooked? I have always assumed they were pretty bitter, but of course, I've never even tried them. *Blush*

My husband has decided to try yet another diet, this one is called a "Paleo diet"- fashioned after what we might have eaten in the Paleolithic age. I am eating a lot of greens, lemme tell ya ...
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SongofJoy
Feb 1, 2012 11:25 AM CST
Steamed is the way I cook almost all my greens and use these raw too. To me, they are only really good early in the year when they are new and tender. Later on, they do get pretty bitter and I don't pick then. Although a little balsamic vinegar might do the trick at that stage.

I'll have to check out that Paleo diet. Green Grin!

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LindaTX8
Feb 1, 2012 12:07 PM CST
Chickweed cooked in water just briefly, served with other veggies...or raw, added to a salad. I'd agree with mainly just in the early part of the year, right now they're pretty good here. Later on they seed out, not so good. In cooler mild temp areas, wonder if it could be replanted from time to time so there would be a longer season. Way too hot here for that!
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SongofJoy
Feb 1, 2012 2:11 PM CST
I hadn't thought about interval sowing. MIght work. I don't know.
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dave
Feb 1, 2012 2:51 PM CST

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I love love love chickweed! Right now we've got it all over the place and it's just great. Free lettuce for the taking.

We've never harvested it for indoors eating. We just eat it straight out of the garden. Makes me feel like a deer or goat, out there browsing around.

I ate a dandelion flower yesterday. It was good. Smiling
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SongofJoy
Feb 1, 2012 3:13 PM CST
Going out to pick some chickweed now.

And the dandelion flowers and leaves ... so pretty too (weed, pfffft). The pictures in my edible wild plant ID book would rival a gourmet magazine spread. Dandelion flowers on a whole grain, open-face tuna sandwich ... garnished with a pickle, wild carrot leaves and field mustard flowers. Gorgeous. Almost looks too pretty to eat.
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sheryl
Feb 1, 2012 9:28 PM CST
Gonna hafta Google chickweed...

Danged if I didn't pull a BUNCH of that yesterday.... *sigh*....
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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Feb 2, 2012 2:24 AM CST
Yep, it's delish. Thumbs up

Good thing .... I have it everywhere. Green Grin!
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Name: Michele Roth
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chelle
Feb 10, 2012 7:44 AM CST
I'm a dandelion browser; they rarely make it into the house, but I like them added to other greens when they do.
Now I'm off to look up chickweed, surely there's some growing around here someplace. Smiling
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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Feb 10, 2012 8:12 AM CST
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I bet you'll find some chickweed too, chelle. It's winter hardy.
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chelle
Feb 10, 2012 8:40 AM CST
Oh, yeah! After browsing a few images and noting differences between plants, I do believe I have plenty! I'll double check when I go out today. Smiling These are the little guys I'm usually pulling out this time of year....when there's no snow cover.
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Feb 10, 2012 8:45 AM CST
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