Dandelion, Taraxacum spp.
The leaves can be used in salads or cooked. You can use the flowers for dandelion wine or jelly and the roots can be roasted as a winter vegetable or dried to make a coffee.
When and where to find it:
Young leaves can be found in Spring and throughout the year. The roots are best eaten as a vegetable during the winter months between September – March. Usually found in grassy areas, gardens and fields.
The leaves are unevenly toothed, growing in a rosette shape. They are solitary plants with a bright yellow flower on a leafless stem.
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