Dandelion Wine. The words were summer on the tongue. The wine was summer caught and stoppered...Hold summer in your hand, pour summer in a glass, a tiny glass of course, the smallest tingling sip for children; change the season in your veins by raising glass to lip and tilting summer in. --Ray Bradbury
Yes, they come late here in Idaho...the past week or so and they seem to be coming up all over, little specks of gold in every nook and cranny. Most people hate them...especially when they infect one's lawn from a less-scrupulous neighbor. The dandelion, however, is easy to recognize, completely edible, and very nutritious.
|From Thalassa's Herbal at Musings of a Kitchen Witch (very useful information, plus recipes)|
Most dandelion recipes call for the young leaves--slightly bitter, like radicchio, rather then the tear-inducing citrus pith quality of the mature leaves. However, I missed that window this year. So what to do instead?
Dandelion Flower Cookies
Pickled Dandelion Buds (scroll down)
Roasted Dandelion Root "Coffee"
More Recipes (including soup, cake and baklava)
And, if you can still find young leaves in your part of the globe, the excellent traditional dandelion salad with bacon and hard-boiled eggs.
As always, if you're going to wild-gather, make sure that you pick an area that has not been sprayed and is far enough away from roads to avoid contamination!
Looks like I have some edible exploring to do... any other links anyone cares to share?