Dandelions are high in vitamins A, B and C and minerals like calcium, potassium, iron, phosphorous and magnesium.. The flowers are rich with vitamin D. The roots are said to be good for your liver and blood.
Aki, Kai and I eat dandelion as a main source of vegetable and green for the months of April, May and into June.
As we get our garden turned in the spring the dandelions we let alone the season before have small carrot sized roots. We stir fry them. They're excellent. The young greens are excellent salad material. The flowers we mix into omlettes, stir frys, salads and soups. Aki rolls the flowers in flour and seasoning and fries them in butter. They taste like a mushroom. We eat bags of them. We stop eating the greens as they mature because they become quite bitter but we continue feeding our chickens loads till the fall. We'll continue to eat the flowers and roots.
One dish Aki likes to make using the roots is based on one she grew up eating (her mother used burdock instead of dandelion root).
Slice roots and a carrot into thin strips.
Stir fry in a bit of sesame oil. Add soy sauce and a dash of chili pepper to taste.
When bears come out from the high winter hibernation grounds one of their first foods is the dandelion. They get fat eating just dandelion flowers.
We've all heard about dandelion wine.