Dandelion (Taraxacum officinalis)

Dining on Dandelions: Known as lion's tooth

Dining on Dandelions: Known as lion's tooth, fairy clock, and blowball, this dandy weed adds a savory touch to the most gourmet of dishes

Dining on Dandelions: Known as lion's tooth, fairy clock, and blowball, this dandy weed adds a savory touch to the most gourmet of dishes.

Dandelions

CLOSER LOOK

One sticky hot early summer afternoon a few years ago, a friend and I filled three plastic grocery bags with fuzzy dandelion heads growing on the outskirts of a nearby cemetery. At the end of the day, our hands were stained yellow and our backs ached. Months later, we happily sipped the results of our labors: sickeningly sweet, homemade dandelion wine. With warm days come fields full of this humble, opportunistic weed, and a timely reminder that we need to make the most of what we've got.

"A weed is but an unloved flower."
-- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Other Dandy Names

DANDELION: THE ANSWER TO TUMMY TROUBLES?

SUPPLEMENT WATCH

• THE RESEARCH Traditional herbalists prize dandelion as a gentle remedy for heartburn and other digestive complaints. Its roots are abundant in simple sugars that may encourage the growth of "good" bacteria thought to keep your gut healthy. A Czech study found that dandelion-root tea stimulated 14 different strains of bacteria known to inhibit the growth of bugs linked to diarrhea.

• SHOULD I TAKE IT? Skip supplements-studies are limited. Experts can't agree on a dosage, and products are made from parts of the plant that may be less effective.

Dandelion greens

This article presents information on the weed dandelion greens. Brought to America as a food item in the 17th century, dandelions quickly sowed themselves nationwide. Nothing could be truer of th...

Dandelions--if you can't beat 'em...eat 'em!

When the first robin appears and the trees begin to bud, everyone knows that spring has arrived. Another sure sign of spring that is not welcomed by most people is the appearance of the hardy dandelion.

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