Often considered a weed, the common dandelian can also be used as a medical herb and as food. Dandelion leaves can be collected from the wild but are also sometimes grown to be used as a leaf vegetable. Young leaves and unopened buds are used raw in salads. Older leaves are cooked.
Diente de león
Dente di cane
Dente di leone
Basic information and facts
Africa, Asia and Europe.
Common dandelions are found in areas with temperate climate.
Annual, biennial, or perennial:
Dandelions are perennial plants.
Each flowering stem has one single yellow flower head.
The leaves are usually 5 to 30 cm long and 1 to 10 cm wide. Leaf margins are shallowly or deeply lobed and often toothed with sharp or dull teeth, hence the name lion’s-tooth.
The dandelion plant grows from an unbranched taproots and has one to ten stems.
Climate and weather:
Flower stems are usually 5 to 30 cm tall.
Pick young leaves and unopened buds.
Young dandelion leaves and unopened buds are used raw in salads. Older leaves are used for cooking. Dandelion flowers are used to make dandelion wine. Dandelion roots are ground and roasted to be used as a coffee substitute.
Dandelion flowers and lemon can be used to make a syrup (May-honey) which is believed to be effective to treat liver problems.