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Taraxacum Officinale - Dandelion

Taraxacum Officinale – Dandelion

Taraxacum officinale, the common dandelion (often simply called “dandelion”), is a flowering herbaceous perennial plant of the family Asteraceae (Compositae). It can be found growing in temperate regions of the world, in lawns, on roadsides, on disturbed banks and shores of water ways, and other areas with moist soils.

Whole industries are devoted to eradicating the dandelion and yet the dandelion seems unfazed. A good role model for living in the modern world!

Every summer the bright yellow flowers grace our eyes and children love the silver puff balls. The flowers are edible (make sure you pick them from places that aren’t sprayed). Just pick it and eat it, or collect many of them and make dandelion wine. The leaves make good stir-fry and soup and the roots are good medicine for the liver.