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- Species: Taraxacum officinalie
- Depth to sow seed:
- Sprout: 1-2 weeks
- Days to maturity: 85-95
- Compatible with Aerogarden? Yes/No
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Cultivation and CareEdit
It's essential to pick the flower heads to keep the plant's energy going to root and leaf production.
Harvest the outer leaves as you would harvest lettuce. Use the leaves in a salad.
To harvest the whole plant, cut the dandelion greens with a sharp knife, garden shears or scissors.
Store gourmet dandelion leaves and flowers in a freezer bag in the refrigerator and serve them within a week for the best taste. Throw out any that wilt.
- Use any fertilizer made for growing lettuce or herbs.
- Avoid using dandelion leaves from a plant that has started to bolt, or flower. The leaves of a plant that has bolted can be bitter and unpleasant.
Every part of the Dandelion is edible.
- Roots- Used as a vegetable or for making tea.
- Crowns_ This is the whitish bulb like part of the plant just at ground level. It is used in salads or as a vegetable, often in cooking recipes.
- Leaves- Used in salads and as a cooked vegetable, usually with other vegetables. Pick in the spring as they get bitter later in the year.
- Flower buds- This is the part of the plant which is used to make Dandelion wine. You guessed it...it takes a lot of flower buds to make a little wine!
- Harvest at any time after the leaves are about 5" long or more. Wash thoroughly in a sink full of water with a few drops of dish detergent.
- Steam or boil for about 20 minutes. Serve with butter, hot sauce, vinegar or in soups and stews. They are also very good in salad using the smaller leaves.
- Dandelion flowers can be battered and fried. The roots can be roasted and ground for a coffee substitute.