In this video I show how to make a delicious and nutritious condiment out of our good 'ol friend the Dandelion (Taraxacum). This despised invasive plant is actually one of the best and most nutritious common wild foods. Dandelion is off the charts in vitamins A and K, see https://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2441/2. It is highly nutritious.
The flowers, leaves, and roots are edible. The flower petals make cookies, jellies, syrups, and wine...the leaves are great (although a little bitter) raw in salads, or cooked as a pot-herb, and in this case, great as a pesto. And the roots make a great tasting caffeine-free coffee substitute. Below is a basic pesto recipe that is surprisingly savory and is an awesome hit at dinner parties.
#5 is especially important if you are new to wild foraging. Aside from the obvious dangers of thistles, poison ivy, poison oak, and deadly water hemlock...Many wild plants contain off the charts vitamins and minerals which might create a shock to your system...considering the nutrient count of your average domesticated vegetable foodstuffs.
Also an adendem to rule #1 is follow Green Deane's of EatTheWeeds I.T.E.M-ize Rules:
• (I)dentify the plant beyond doubt....be sure it is the right
• (T)ime of year. Check its
• (E)nvironment. This involves two things. One is making sure it is growing in the right place. The other is making sure the plant is getting clean water and is not in polluted soil. And then...
• (M)ethod of preparation.
"Look down, eat up....you are walking on your FOOD!" ~ Linda Runyon