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dandelion

[Eng. form of Fr.,=lion's tooth], any plant of the genus Taraxacum of the family Asteraceae (asteraster
[Gr.,=star], common name for the Asteraceae (Compositae), the aster family, in North America, name for plants of the genus Aster, sometimes called wild asters, and for a related plant more correctly called China aster (Callistephus chinensis
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 family), perennial herbs of wide distribution in temperate regions. The dandelion has a rosette of deep-toothed leaves (the name is usually attributed to this) and a bright yellow flower followed in fruit by a round head of white down, an adaptation for wind distribution of the seedlike fruits. The common dandelion (T. officinale) is native to Europe but widely naturalized. Although it is considered in the N United States chiefly as a lawn pest because of the easily dispersed seeds and the deep root, it is also cultivated both for medicine and for food. The young leaves resemble chicory and are used for salad greens and as a potherb, especially in Europe. The roots may be roasted and used as a coffee substitute. The flower heads are utilized for dandelion wine and are good forage for bees. In medicine the roots have been dried and used chiefly as a bitter tonic and laxative. The Russian dandelion (T. kok-saghyz) has been cultivated for the milky juice typical of the genus, as a source of rubber. Dandelions are classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
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, class Magnoliopsida, order Asterales, family Asteraceae.

dandelion

traditional symbol of flirtation. [Flower Symbolism: Jobes, 413]

dandelion

symbol of grief. [Flower Symbolism: Jobes, 413]
See: Grief

dandelion

1. a plant, Taraxacum officinale, native to Europe and Asia and naturalized as a weed in North America, having yellow rayed flowers and deeply notched basal leaves, which are used for salad or wine: family Asteraceae (composites)
2. any of several similar related plants
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On rare occasion, my mom or I will take the time to go pick the real deal out of our yards, but one local grocery store carries organic large-leafed dandelion greens almost year-round, so I buy that.
Add dandelion greens, arugula, salt, and lemon juice and cook until barely wilted, about 1 minute.
1 bunch chicory or escarole * 1 bunch dandelion greens * 1 bunch pursulane * 1 or 2 handfuls beet greens * 1 bunch sorrel (To serve 4) * 7 or 8 carrots * alfalfa sprouts * 2 tablespoons cider vinegar * 6 tablespoons safflower oil You Will Also Need: * salad spinner (optional) * large salad bowl * small mixing bowl * small knife * peeler * grater
This is one of our favorite recent iterations, a collaboration between Allagash and New Belgium, fermented with Allagash Brettanomyces and New Belgium Lactobacillus, and accented with dandelion greens and elderberries.
Taste dandelion greens or make dandelion jelly while teaching about weeds.
Plate as shown and garnish with dandelion greens and mizuna.
The diet, which Tracey swears by, includes fruit smoothies, pureed oatmeal and pears with cinnamon, soups containing dandelion greens and a dinner of lean meats and vegetables.
Dandelion greens and roots (Taraxacum officinale) might be a common weed in some lawns, but we would be better served to use them as food
95) -- a combination of small homemade rigatoni with dandelion greens, homemade spicy Italian sausage pieces, Fontina and Parmigiano cheeses, garlic and extra virgin olive oil.
Dandelion greens are a tasty and healthy addition to your own salads as well, so hand-pull these whenever possible.
Some edible wild plants, such as dandelion greens and water lily rhizomes, are bitter, making them unpalatable.
At about 600 metres distance, she stopped at the edge of a trickle creek and she and the cub helped themselves to a salad of dandelion greens and new grass shoots.