Eating dandelions

20 May

1 dandelion

It’s dandelion season! Once I discovered how healthy dandelions are and how many ways they can be eaten, I started harvesting them from pretty much everywhere in my yard, because that’s where they are. What the heck, if you can’t beat them, eat them!

I don’t use any chemicals in my yard, so just a quick wash to get the soil off, a trim to remove the longer leaf-stalks and roots,  and they are ready for eating. Don’t throw away the roots. Dry them on a sunny windowsill and once they are dried, crumble them and use them to make fortifying dandelion tea.


Dandelion greens are tangy and bitter – the good kind of bitter like arugula. You can throw them into a salad but the tender spring dandelion leaves are best for salads. They become tough and more bitter as they get bigger, but you can still use them in some recipes.

My sister Janice showed me how to cook greens as a nest for poached eggs, and dandelion greens work very nicely for that. Just cook them until tender with a couple of tablespoons of water in a covered pan. They take about the same amount of time to cook as kale does.


When they are done, lift the leaves out and drain them, leaving most of the healthy dandelion water in the pan. To poach the eggs, add some water to the pan and a Tbsp of vinegar to keep the eggs nice and compact. Simmer, don’t boil. Our adopted heritage chicken Gertie and her sisters provided the lovely eggs.


Form a circle on your plate with the dandelion greens, and place the eggs in the centre. The bitterness of the dandelion greens is a lovely counterpoint to the rich butteriness of the egg yolks.  Take your plate and tea outside to enjoy the beautiful spring weather.

4 outdoors

There are lots of recipes for dandelions. Twin Eagles Wilderness School in Sandpoint, Idaho has some great recipes on their website (along with a lot of nature and wilderness  info). I want to try dandelion blossom fritters. I’ll let you know how that goes.

Apparently a lot of people today, especially electronically-connected youth, suffer from “Nature Deficit Disorder”. Maybe learning to love dandelions is a way to start reconnecting with nature. There must be an app for that 🙂

Dig for dandelions and you’ll Dig for Victory!


Posted by Marlena


4 Responses to “Eating dandelions”

  1. swankola May 20, 2013 at 4:22 pm #

    I have a really cool weeds of Canada cookbook that probably has a bunch of dandelion recipes in it. Remind me to show it to you next time you’re over.

  2. The Erratic Cook May 24, 2013 at 7:30 am #

    Just add Dandelion Wine! :-). Sadly embracing the dandelion in my neighbourhood will never work. It’s chemical warfare here. Too bad because 5 acres of these yellow flowers would be quite the yield. Maybe when I move to a smaller yard I can try out some recipes.

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