Thursday, June 3, 2010

The Dandelion: Worthless Weed or Delicious Dinner?

Dear Cheapsakte,

You're so smart, you clever thing! Yes, dandelions are edible and delicious!

Do you carefully cultivate your garden only to have slugs eat your lettuce? Do you dig, plant, fertilize, water, and toil, only to reap a few lousy green beans? Do you make grueling trips to the tool lending library for trimmers and diggers? Grow dandelions!

Is it difficult to grow dandelions? What special equipment is needed? A crack! All you need is a freaking crack in the concrete. Do nothing. No watering. Nothing. And there's your dinner.
Guess what! It's tasty. Eat the flowers and everything. Why make a trip to the store and waste $5.99 on spring salad when you can simply pluck your greens from the driveway for free?

What other urban weeds are edible? Do you know??? There must be a ton. Let's forage!

UPDATE: Whole Foods SELLS dandelion greens for $2.99 a bunch!!!


  1. I've been thinking a lot about making dandelion wine lately. One of these days I'll harvest a bunch of the flowers and give it a shot.

    Chickweed & miners lettuce are good and available in the early spring (getting harder to find these days with all this heat). There are so many great forage-able fruits & veggies in this area!

  2. Thank you!
    I'm going to print out some photos to carry along to help identify these. And maybe take photos of things that look edible.
    Dandelion wine sounds like fun!


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