Tree and Plant Identification #6 – Dandelions

Journal Notes: Dandelions – A yellow flowering plant that is completely edible. The leaves are 5-25+ cm long, simple and basal. They can be entire, toothed or lobed, forming a rosette above the central taproot. The yellow flower head is open during the day but closed at night. The stem is hollow and is 1-10+ cm tall and exudes milky latex when broken. A rosette may produce several flowering stems at a time that are about 2-5 cm in diameter. To remove the bitterness, the leaves are often blanched or sautéed like spinach but can be eaten raw too. The root can be ground, roasted and used to make a caffeine free coffee like drink. They can be found from spring to fall in New England.

Dandelion found in Providence RI, late fall.

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