This is the first time where I've seen a gardener do something with dandelions other than getting rid of them. Love the stevia leaves too!
The leaves are edible too but I've always thought them too bitter. I don't like bitter salads. It's a lot of work for a little reward, though- one batch of pulled and roasted roots gets me about a week's worth of dandy coffee.
i want to try dandy coffee. are alll dandylions the same. am guessing my eighbors would not mind if i took the 'weeds' out of their yards. also need to pick some nettles and try making pesto out of them
The ones you want are the dandelions with hollow stems; there are a few other yellow-flowered plants that look almost exactly the same but they have solid stems. Dig them after a heavy rain, it will be easier to get most of the root up. I'm sure the neighbors won't mind! I've heard nettles are very tasty but something about the spines puts me off...
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