June 10th, 2014

Italian Dandelion

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Dandelion is the most bitter of the bitter greens, but don’t let that scare you it’s also highly nutritious and delicious in a variety of formats.  In fact, the whole dandelion plant is edible, although we include the long dark green leaves in our CSA shares.  Dandelion is high in fiber, calcium, potassium, beta carotene, and protein.  Pair with strong flavors like bacon, chilies,  garlic and lemon.  Steam before sautéing to help mellow the bitter flavor.


Store loosely wrapped in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for a few days.


Wash thoroughly using a salad spinner.  Chop or tear into bite sized pieces.  Dandelion works well sautéed, blanched then braised, or in salads.  Mix with other greens to mellow the bitter flavor.


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