- all parts of plant are edible raw.
- young leaves or those growing where there is less/no sunlight are the least bitter.
- older leaves are best when boiled in 2 changes of water and/or with midveins removed.
- roots are best when collected in spring/autumn, peeled, sliced and cooked in 2 changes of water with pinch of baking soda.
- roots can be roasted as coffee substitute.
- unopened flower buds can be eaten raw or used in cooking.
- seeds with the parachute removed can be eaten or ground into flower.
- a serving of dandelion greens contains the same amount of calcium as half a cup of milk.
- is a good source of potassium, vitamin A, and vitamin C.
- grows in a wide range of terrain, look for dandelion in disturbed/cultivated soil areas.