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iknowfear on 13 Feb 2018

seriously! its nice as a salad in spring!

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toad - on 13 Feb 2018
In reply to iknowfear:

Are you taking the p***? Supposedly a diuretic!

Wingeing Old Git - on 13 Feb 2018
In reply to iknowfear:

Man eating dandelion! A very dangerous breed.

marsbar - on 13 Feb 2018
In reply to iknowfear:

Also known in French as pissenlit, which translates as piss in the bed.  Don’t eat too many leaves. 

jcw on 13 Feb 2018
In reply to marsbar:

I told my father after marrying my French wife that I'd been  eating dandelion salad when in France (young shoots with lardons).  He said that in Yorkshire when a boy it was referred to as piss-in-bed (cf the poster who said: 

> Also known in French as pissenlit, which translates as piss in the bed.  Don’t eat too many leaves. 

 

Ciro - on 13 Feb 2018
In reply to iknowfear:

Long after it's too old for salads, it's still good as a spinach replacement for saag aloo, especially when you can't be arsed taking the van into town for fresh vegetables on a rest day

richprideaux - on 13 Feb 2018
In reply to Ciro:

> Long after it's too old for salads, it's still good as a spinach replacement for saag aloo, especially when you can't be arsed taking the van into town for fresh vegetables on a rest day

Nettles (specifically the 'tops') are even better. Nettle lasagne using a spinach lasagne recipe also works very well.

richprideaux - on 13 Feb 2018
In reply to marsbar + toad:

I'm not sure how true this is, or how much of it came from rural folklore. Lots of wild and edible plants are diuretic so it's odd that dandelions (Dandelion->Dents de lion->Tooth of the Lion) got singled out. 

Dandelion coffee is bloody awful though in my opinion...

 

Clarence on 13 Feb 2018
In reply to richprideaux:

> Dandelion coffee is bloody awful though in my opinion...

We had to make this as Venture Scouts, to be honest I would even drink Mellow Birds before I would drink dandelion coffee again.

Bob Kemp - on 13 Feb 2018
In reply to richprideaux:

My great-aunt used to make a really nice nettle soup. 

iknowfear on 13 Feb 2018
In reply to richprideaux:

sounds about as good as acorn coffee (which was drunk during the WWII when coffee supply was short. apparently very much an aquired taste...) 

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Brass Nipples on 13 Feb 2018
In reply to iknowfear:

Fern heads fired with chillies.

John W - on 13 Feb 2018
In reply to richprideaux:

Loewenzahn (Lions’ Teeth) in German - just thought you might like to know

Wingeing Old Git - on 14 Feb 2018
In reply to jcw:

> I told my father after marrying my French wife that I'd been  eating dandelion salad when in France (young shoots with lardons).  He said that in Yorkshire when a boy it was referred to as piss-in-bed. 

In 1950s in Scotland dandelions were known as "pee-the -beds." 

 

Phil Anderson on 14 Feb 2018
In reply to richprideaux:

Gorse flower tea's not bad though, and they seem to have arrived early this year.

Toerag - on 16 Feb 2018
In reply to Phil Anderson:

There's no such thing as early for gorse, it blooms all year round. The bush in the field by my house has been in bloom since before xmas.

Gorse wine is good

Phil Anderson on 16 Feb 2018
In reply to Toerag:

> There's no such thing as early for gorse, it blooms all year round. The bush in the field by my house has been in bloom since before xmas.

> Gorse wine is good

I've never tried Gorse flower wine as I've heard it's hard to get right - well played to you for doing so!

As for flowering - we don't seem to be so lucky down here. I usually see it from late Feb through to maybe late May / early June. 

aln - on 16 Feb 2018
In reply to Wingeing Old Git:

> In 1950s in Scotland dandelions were known as "pee-the -beds." 

I knew them by that name as a child in the early 70's.


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