Are You Eating the Right Foraged Herb?

Dandelions are an edible forage herb, renowned as a herbal tonic for liver and blood cleansing. Its a bitter herb which we eat the leaves and roots of.

This is how it grows. You’ll see its quite a luxurious and upright leafy grower. There are typically lots of leaves growing from a clumping base.

Dandelion plant and flower

Dandelion plant and flower

The picture below shows a flatweed plant, on the left and a dandelion flower spike with dandelion leaves on the right.

The flatweed on the left is a smaller flatter plant.

Dandelion and flatweed plants. The dandelion is on the right.

Dandelion and flatweed plants. The dandelion is on the right.

See how the flatweed has a flower with several stems. The dandelion has one stem per flower and is significantly thicker.

Here’s a closer shot below. Flatweed to the left, dandelion to the right.

Dandelion seed head to the right, flatweed to the left

Dandelion seed head to the right, flatweed to the left

Now here’s a close up of the leaves. The flatweed is to the left, dandelion to the right.

Flatweed has a much hairier and smaller leaf.

Closeup of leaves

Closeup of leaves

Finally, the joy or a dandelion is the blowing of the seed head. This one was about the size of a dinner plate!

I remember as a child blowing and saying ‘One o’clock, two o’clock..thirteen o’clock!’

Super sized dandelion seed head

Super sized dandelion seed head

 

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