Dandelions are wildcrafted or grown on a small scale as a leaf vegetable
. The leaves (called dandelion greens) can be eaten cooked or raw in various forms, such as in soup
. They are probably closest in character to mustard
greens. Usually the young leaves and unopened buds are eaten raw in salads, while older leaves are cooked. Raw leaves have a slightly bitter taste. Dandelion salad is often accompanied with hard boiled eggs
. The leaves are high in vitamin A
, vitamin C
, carrying more iron and calcium
Dandelion flowers can be used to make dandelion wine
, for which there are many recipes.
Most of these are more accurately described as "dandelion-flavored wine," as some other sort of fermented juice or extract serves as the main ingredient.
It has also been used in a saison ale
called Pissenlit (literally "wet the bed" in French) made by Brasserie Fantôme
. Dandelion and burdock
is a soft drink that has long been popular in the United Kingdom
Another recipe using the plant is dandelion flower jam. In Silesia
and also other parts of Poland and world, dandelion flowers are used to make a honey substitute syrup
with added lemon (so-called May-honey
). This "honey" is believed to have a medicinal value, in particular against liver problems.
Ground roasted dandelion root can be used as a non-caffeinated coffee substitute
Dandelion root is a registered drug in Canada
, sold principally as a diuretic
effect in mice of chemicals extracted from dandelion root has been reported.
Dandelion is used in herbal medicine as a mild laxative
, for increasing appetite, and for improving digestion.
The milky latex has been used as a mosquito repellent
and as a folk remedy to treat warts.TARAXACUM OFFICINALE
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