Dandelion Recipes: A Wonderful, Edible Weed

April 6, 2012
A Dandelion

Dandelion flowers can be used in cooking! Don't rid your lawn of these bright yellow flowers. Harvest them for wine, jelly and snacks!  See our dandelion recipes.

The History of Dandelion Delicacies

Believe it or not, this plant was not always thought of as a weed. It used to be referred to as a “common herb” and was used for medicinal properties. The dandelion is rich in nutrients including protein, calcium, iron, Vitamins A & C.

Dandelion Remedies and Recipes

Dandelions are good for digestion and may ease rheumatism or liver problems. They can be eaten whole or divided up. Young dandelion greens can be tossed in salads and young leaves can be cooked like spinach. Leaves should be gathered before the plant blooms as they will become increasingly bitter and tough.

Here are a list of recipes to try with dandelions:

Dandelion Drinks

If you're looking to enjoy the “spirit” of spring, try Pink Dandelion Wine or Dent-De-Lion Wine.

For a refreshing brew in the morning, try Dandelion Root Coffee.

Eat Your Weeds

Kentucky Dandelion Greens make an excellent side dish to any meal and Batter Fried Dandelion Blossoms are a tasty snack.

For something sweeter, try Dandelion Jelly, one of our favorite recipes.

How do you use dandelions? Share your recipes!

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Can I grow Dandelions away from my lawn

Could I start seedlings from the Dandelion Puffs (White) so I can have a clean product to harvest?

dandelion seeds

Yes, you can grow more dandelions from the white puff balls. The ball is made of several single-seeded fruits called achenes, which are each attached to a filament with a feathery tuft on the end. Separate out the small achenes and plant individually. (Just to be safe, select a dandelion that has not been exposed to chemicals or pollutants.) Be sure that you are choosing seeds from an actual dandelion, as there are several lookalikes. Also, if you prefer, there are cultivated gourmet forms of dandelions that you can find at mail order seed companies and other sources that are bred for their larger, less bitter leaves. Hope this helps!

Pretty Dandelions!

I love the bright yellow polka dots in the yard. I think the weed killer manufacturers have worked really, really hard to convince people that dandelions are weeds. They don't harm a yard at all.

pretty dandees

Harriet , personnally I have ethical difficulties to pick dandelionflowerheads . I too think they are beautifull and , considering the speed in which the bees are dwindling away , much needed to feed these wonderful creatures when winter has ended !

By the way , on my walk with the dog this morning , noticed that the rubbers that once were used to tie 'alnus'trees to the supporting pole , but in the mean time became more of a corset than a help ,
i noticed that some enlightened being cut those rubbers - and the trees free !
Good thing that it 's not only mE doing that ;op


Thanks for the great article.

Dandelion syrup is our

Dandelion syrup is our favorite (my youngest would rather have this than maple any day)

Send recipe.

Send recipe.

can you send me a recipe for

can you send me a recipe for dandelion syrup please?

Dandelion Syrup

would love to have that recipe!!!!

Dandelion Syrup Recipe

I would LOVE to have your recipe for this syrup!! I've never eaten flowers or "weeds" but this sounds great!

Cleaning dandelion, even

Cleaning dandelion, even after field cleaning, can be a chore. I devised an easy method. Wash you washing machine good with bleach. After a thorough rinse, put your dandelion in and run it on two short cold cycles and rinse, spin dry. It comes out perfect for eating or bagging for the refrigerator. We serve with a hot bacon dressing and diced hard boiled eggs.

Rodity's Greek restaurant in

Rodity's Greek restaurant in Chicago makes a wonderful side dish called "horta;" boiled dandelion greens with a drizzle of olive oil and a generous squeeze of lemon. So simple, so healthy, so very, very, very delicious!!!

A traditional Easter soup in

A traditional Easter soup in our Italian family is Dandelion soup. I make a chicken soup and then to that I add chicken meat, tiny meatballs, carrots, dandelion greens, escarole, cabbage and kale. Also important is the coarse ground pepper and salt. It looks much like an Italian Wedding soup. It is very yummy and very good for you!

That sounds delicious! Thank

That sounds delicious! Thank you for sharing!