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. 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.
|Genus & Species||Taraxacum officinale|
|Soil||Seems to do well everywhere especially compacted soils.|
|Climate||Found from the northern plains to who knows. Widespread in its adaptability but not a desert plant yet but its working on it. It seems to follow the human trail system.|
|Ease of Cultivation||Easy to grow. For green production removal of the foliage and flowers increases the longevity of the root. Its a giver!|