Nutritious Greens High in Vitamin A and C- More Calcium and Iron than Spinach
To many, the dandelion is just a weed. Although dandelions have been cultivated for centuries, rarely has anyone made selections for ease of harvest, larger leaf or less bitterness. But a few who are into dandelions including the French, Italian and German breeders know a good dandelion when they taste one. We offer two selections all of which are slight 'improvements' to make the dandelion easier to cultivate for the production of greens. Leaves can be cut throughout the season but are best young and mixed at a 1 to 10 ratio with regular salad greens. The flowers are a source for wine making. Plants can be further propagated by root cuttings or seeds.
- Vollherzigen - German selection made for less bitterness. Nice rosette of dark green leaves. Very good salad selection. For less bitterness try growing them in light shade.
- Full Heart- Selection made for its dense rosette of upright leaves. Leaves have a long stem making harvesting easier much like some commericial selections of chicory. Nice ornamental selection.
We believe each of these selections are unique and delicious enough to grow in any perennial vegetable garden. The 'poster child of weeds' can soon be part of your diet. Harvest early in the season or grow in shade for less bitterness.
Plant SpecsGenus & Species:
Taraxacum officinaleSeed Source:
Seems to do well everywhere especially compacted soils.Climate:
Found from the Artic to who knows.Ease of Cultivation:
Easy to grow. For green production removal of the foliage and flowers increases the longevity of the root. Its a giver!