r/todayilearned Jun 28 '22 Wholesome 3 Gold 1 Helpful 4

TIL that dandelions are edible and are actually really nutritious and can be eaten raw

https://health.clevelandclinic.org/dandelion-health-benefits/#:~:text=Dandelions%20pack%20a%20whole%20lot,Vitamins%20A%2C%20C%20and%20K
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u/GreenAppleLady Jun 28 '22

Just don't collect them from the strip beside the highway, or next to the dog park.

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u/cyb3rg0d5 Jun 28 '22

Yeah don’t collect ANYTHING next to a highway! The pollution from cars/tires is very high.

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u/spagbetti Jun 28 '22

I’m always amazed to see greenery doing well by the high way.

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u/geak78 Jun 28 '22

Things can be super dangerous for animals but not bother certain plants.

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u/Schuben Jun 28 '22

That's why bio accumulation is a big issue for larger animals with longer life spans. Plants aren't really harmed by it over 1 lifetime of leeching it from the soil but when animals continue to eat these slightly contaminated pants and the harmful substances are not naturally cleared from their bodies the result is compounded which leads to a lot of health issues.

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u/Infinitelyodiforous Jun 28 '22

Slightly Contaminated Pants is my new band name.

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u/FTRaiders Jun 28 '22

What you call your clothing after a four day music festival camping in the hot sun.

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u/chuckangel Jun 28 '22

George Clinton and the pfunk?

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u/db2 Jun 28 '22

I can smell this comment.

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u/STINKYOLDGUY Jun 28 '22

When you shake and holster your piece and somehow a little stream still leaks out once it’s rested.

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u/FakeCurlyGherkin Jun 28 '22

No matter how much you shake or dance, The last drop always falls in your pants

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u/Ducks_Mallard_DUCKS Jun 28 '22

Def is primarily ammonia, which is fertilizer.

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u/IAmA_Risky_Click_AMA Jun 28 '22

You don't know how much I've peed in my yard.

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u/namek0 Jun 28 '22

Also lots of municipalities spray stuff along roads

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u/BadOpinionMachine Jun 28 '22

This is what I’d be concerned with. Plants along highways are absolutely blasted with various herbicides and pesticides.

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u/_GrammarMarxist Jun 28 '22

But they’ve survived it, so they’re the strongest of their species. You must eat them to consume their strength.

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u/morganrbvn Jun 28 '22

The mercury of the ocean will belong to me.

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u/LTVOLT Jun 28 '22

let if you collect hub caps?

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u/TG-Sucks Jun 28 '22

Yes but you have to wash them before you eat them.

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u/WineNerdAndProud Jun 28 '22

This reads like a failed pitch from one of those annoying Uber Eats commercials.

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u/Necrophanatic Jun 28 '22

YoU cAn EaTs iT?!

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u/rants_unnecessarily Jun 28 '22

Except rubbish.
Collect rubbish.

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u/ChocBoggins Jun 28 '22 Helpful

"The vacant lot over on 15th street? That's where all the neighborhood dogs go to piss."

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u/FuckYeahPhotography Jun 28 '22

I want an egg. Make me an egg. so about your cousin Tony Egg

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u/autist_in_residence Jun 28 '22

I was just being polite. Tastes like red fescue.

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u/fundraiser Jun 28 '22

Here we go... Memory lane

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u/duaneap Jun 28 '22

May I offer you a nice Blundetto in this trying time?

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u/Heretic_Atlas Jun 28 '22

So you and Tony Egg again?

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u/lazyMarthaStewart Jun 28 '22

My appalachian grandmother makes dandelion jelly

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u/Unsd Jun 28 '22

I had an interesting talk with a sweet old man in a waiting room one time. He was talking about life growing up in the great depression in Minnesota. He said that dandelion was a big part of their diet. It grows everywhere, there's so much you can do with it, and it helped fill out what they needed in their diet. Dandelion salad was the main one I remember...I think he said they had it with vinegar and salt. It definitely opened up my mind as to what we have around us and what life was like. At least for that guy. Seeing this post makes me smile thinking of a very quaint conversation with a perfect stranger.

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u/Vectorman1989 Jun 28 '22

In the UK we have a soft drink called Dandelion and Burdock. It's a little bit like root beer, has a pretty distinct flavour.

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u/Unumbotte Jun 28 '22

That's just a front for the moonshine business.

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u/clyde2003 Jun 28 '22

Shit, Revenuers! Grab the dandelions and act natural.

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u/Thatdudeovertheir Jun 28 '22

It's the revenooer man!

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u/cutofmyjib Jun 28 '22

"Oh we sure do love our artisanal dandelion jelly!" smashes dandelions with bare hands into a rock

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u/TheUlfheddin Jun 28 '22

I come from a long line of moonshiners.

They don't need a front, hell they sell it directly to the county Sheriff and the Judge.

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u/CrudelyAnimated Jun 28 '22

Once upon a time, this would've been a story of action and intrigue, fit for a 1970s TV show. Nowadays with the FBI making deals for cash seizures and local officials taking kickbacks, it's just not the same.

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u/Timthos Jun 28 '22

I've had home brewed dandelion wine... Wouldn't really recommend it

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u/NameTak3r Jun 28 '22

Definitely keep that friendship for when the apocalypse comes though.

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u/GMbzzz Jun 28 '22

In my great grandmother’s diary she wrote about collecting dandelion greens and fiddleheads in the spring. This was in Vermont.

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u/stamau123 Jun 28 '22

What's fiddleheads

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u/hiphopopotaemus Jun 28 '22 edited Jun 28 '22

Fiddlehead Fern is a plant. The furled young fronds of the fern in spring are pretty tasty and nutritious if found and clipped before they unfurl and continue to grow.

Edit: Sorry to be clear, there are multiple varieties of fiddlehead fern that can be clipped while young for this purpose.

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u/JayGogh Jun 28 '22

Edit: Sorry to be clear

Quality edit.

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u/hiphopopotaemus Jun 28 '22

looool well on Reddit we have the "well acktually" crowd, so I wanted to get ahead of the people who would call me out for not saying there are different species of fiddlehead fern worldwide, and that it isn't just one specific fern plant that has these fiddleheads that you can eat.

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u/krunz Jun 28 '22

make sure to cook them before eating. raw they have a natural toxin.

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u/BankshotMcG Jun 28 '22

Oh boy, are you about to go on a taste vacation. They taste a little like broccoli but more tender, and amazing with butter, sea salt, and lemon juice.

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u/timidwildone Jun 28 '22

I only recently learned fiddleheads are edible. Went backpacking and a friend of my BIL sautéed some with olive oil. Tasted a lot like baby asparagus. It was nice to have a fresh veg after a week without!

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u/_straylight Jun 28 '22

My teacher in kindergarten turned this into a class project. We collected dandelions from the playground, she did her thing with a pressure cooker and whatever else (I don't remember, it was a long time ago) At the end of the week, each student brought home a mimeographed copy of the recipe and a baby food jar full of dandelion jelly.

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u/fishyfishkins Jun 28 '22

Dandelion wine up here in New England

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u/Shdwrptr Jun 28 '22

What? I live in New England and have never seen this

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u/fishyfishkins Jun 28 '22

I've known two people who've made dandelion wine, both of French Canadian descent... maybe that has something to do with it? Really not sure. Either way, it's not terribly popular

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u/Peter_Hasenpfeffer Jun 28 '22

Many of the Hutterite colonies in Western Canada make dandelion wine, among other types. It's the closest thing to Swanson Moonshine I've ever tried.

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u/badgersmom951 Jun 28 '22

My sister and I collected dandelion flowers from the whole neighborhood so my Dad could make dandelion wine. I think I was around 7 years old. The wine was very strong, we gave it to my uncle. He didn't have a very discerning palate.

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u/SurroundingAMeadow Jun 28 '22

I've had some that was made with all the right equipment, careful measurements and specific champagne yeasts that tasted like an above average grade Moscato. And then I've had some made with bread yeast, a pop bottle and a balloon that had to be taken as a shot. Both gave me a solid buzz.

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u/ExecutiveMoose Jun 28 '22 Silver Gold Wholesome

“Oh a dandelion must be the last one of the season”

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u/donald7773 Jun 28 '22

Carl, he ruined our salad

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u/dangp777 Jun 28 '22

Easy, Frank.

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u/Russian_For_Rent Jun 28 '22

What's this?! PINECONE

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u/JennaFrost Jun 28 '22

CRUNCH yum

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u/[deleted] Jun 28 '22 edited Jul 05 '22

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u/jamoca15 Jun 28 '22

Now?

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u/pizzarollsandoreos Jun 28 '22

NOW

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u/FaithlessnessTime105 Jun 28 '22

"Phew, for a second there I actually thought you were gonna eat me!"

"... Were you?"

"Naaah. I don't eat junk food!"

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u/[deleted] Jun 28 '22

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u/analog_aesthetics Jun 28 '22

What, two homies can't have dinner together without being gay?

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u/KetzerJefe343 Jun 28 '22

I say this every time I find one in stardew valley.

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u/gurmzisoff Jun 28 '22

Oh look, ANOTHER DAFFODIL. Guess I'm marrying Haley again.

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u/imacomputr Jun 28 '22

You know what's crazy tho? Daffodils aren't even Haley's favorite gift. She prefers sunflowers! I've been hoarding daffodils for her like a moron.

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u/tratemusic Jun 28 '22

👁 👅👁

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u/oakyafterbirth5300 Jun 28 '22

Ice Age is legitimately funnier than 98% of adult comedies out there

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u/skyskr4per Jun 28 '22

I saw it in theaters. The "trailer" which was just the first Sid short had us in tears, and we still weren't prepared for how funny the actual movie was. One of my favorite theater experiences ever.

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u/ScoobyDeezy Jun 28 '22

Scrat has a series of standalone shorts that came out recently. Pretty funny

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u/Slimcognito808 Jun 28 '22

This inspired me to eat one when I was a kid. It was disgusting.

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u/kpecc99 Jun 28 '22

I thought the frost wiped them all out

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u/[deleted] Jun 28 '22 Take My Energy

and in the UK we brew a drink called Dandelion and Burdock. It's lovely.

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u/Kolja420 Jun 28 '22

I'd love to try it. We have dendelion wine here in France and it's pretty good too.

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u/[deleted] Jun 28 '22

lets do a swap I'd like to try the wine!

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u/Madarathequincy Jun 28 '22

TIL that dandelions can also be turned into alcohol

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u/Neither_Emotion_5052 Jun 28 '22

If you can't make something alcoholic, you aren't trying hard enough.

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u/UnlimitedEgo Jun 28 '22

This person has been to prison.

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u/Azrael351 Jun 28 '22

“Would you like some merlot? I made it in the toilet.”

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u/FourOff Jun 28 '22

But it’s pronounced ”terlet” if you’re talking about making alcohol in one.

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u/Supersymm3try Jun 28 '22

Berlers and terlets.

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u/odaeyss Jun 28 '22

And the one berlin' terlet..

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u/teuchuno Jun 28 '22

Of course it's shank or be shanked.

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u/lacb1 Jun 28 '22

That's disgusting!! Who the hell would drink that? Toilet wine is one thing, but, merlot? Make a shiraz next, then we can talk.

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u/hobokenbob Jun 28 '22

Paul Giamatti enters the chat to once again apologize for ruining merlots into perpetuity.

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u/pimpcakes Jun 28 '22

He actually increased the quality of merlots, as the resulting shift in the public's consumption habits made merlots a relative bargain:

In fact, many California winemakers will agree that the best value on a wine list these days is a high-end merlot, which — from a quality perspective — will often outperform pinot noir and cabernet wines at the same price.

https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/07/05/535038513/the-sideways-effect-how-a-wine-obsessed-film-reshaped-the-industry

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u/RidePlanet Jun 28 '22

Flawless delivery of a throwaway line in an early new millennium film that will definitely outlive all other aspects of the movie.

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u/DualRaconter Jun 28 '22

First thing that comes to my mind any time I hear “Merlot”. I think he actually had a detrimental affect on sales of it because of that movie.

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u/KagariY Jun 28 '22

I love my merlot

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u/Sleepy_Tortoise Jun 28 '22

r/prisonhooch has unironically taught me more than r/homebrewing ever did

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u/MicrobialCrafter Jun 28 '22

That sub is full of mad scientists. One guy a couple years ago brewed watermelon wine inside a watermelon.

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u/Grrrth_TD Jun 28 '22

That's the one you're referencing as a mad scientist? Not the ramen noodles, Faygo, or Werther's Original hooch?

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u/louspinuso Jun 28 '22

So... Faygo hooch only send hard cause of the acid in the soda, though I have considered making coke hooch but didn't want to bother with it. The one that really gets me though is the ramen hooch. Obviously it should make as much sense as any other carb source, but I would have never thought about it.

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u/GatoAmarillo Jun 28 '22

One of the few things I remember from organic chemistry in college is how to turn cardboard into alcohol

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u/Von_Cheesebiscuit Jun 28 '22

Mmm... you can really tasted the corrugation.

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u/asafum Jun 28 '22

Definitely read that in Homer Simpsons voice

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u/IvarTheBlacksmith Jun 28 '22

My schoolmate used to make wine from peas. Somehow it ended tasting little bit like sausages.

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u/nah-meh-stay Jun 28 '22

It's more like hops in beer - more for flavor than a fermentable sugar.

If I had more in my yard, I'd make a batch. I've used sorrel and Heather from my yard with mixed results. I'm working on a perennial flowerbed for a third harvest brew.

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u/khafra Jun 28 '22

I actually learned dandelions are edible from the Ray Bradbury story called Dandelion Wine.

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u/W3remaid Jun 28 '22

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u/radiantsearodent Jun 28 '22

Do all y'all live at Redwall Abbey?

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u/fastdub Jun 28 '22

My son is curious where the milk they drink comes from

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u/BobRawrley Jun 28 '22

You can milk anything with nipples

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u/haikouichthys Jun 28 '22

The Arctic Monkeys educated me on this

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u/worshiptribute Jun 28 '22

Neopets educated me on this. That is the "dandelion and burdock drink. "

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u/aqlu Jun 28 '22

So if I catch people grazing on my lawn I'll have reddit to thank

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u/InannasPocket Jun 28 '22

Clover is also edible, both the leaves and the flowers ;)

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u/aghastamok Jun 28 '22

As a child I used to graze eat every sweet clover I found, and I'd spread the seed pods so that more would grow.

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u/riskbreaker23 Jun 28 '22

That's a weird way to tell everyone you shit in your yard.

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u/aghastamok Jun 28 '22

Don't tell anyone that I'm a bird.

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u/DataIsMyCopilot Jun 28 '22

Lots of "weeds" are edible. Purslane showed up in my garden one year and I just let it take over a patch. Now it keeps coming back and I enjoy it in my salads each season

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u/InannasPocket Jun 28 '22

Yep, we graze on the violets, plantain, dandelion, mustard, chickweed, clover, amaranth, purslane, wild grapes, etc from our yard.

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u/zzid2d21 Jun 28 '22

My mom used to make "yard salad". She was taught a great deal about edible plants from her Appalachian Mother and Grandmother.

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u/TheEyeDontLie Jun 28 '22 edited Jun 28 '22

It's a good skill to learn for the coming hardships.

Also for your health. Those bitter greens are what kept us alive for millions of years. They're full of good stuff (vitamins and minerals and whatnot). In moderation. Bitter greens also have a lot of not so good stuff in them (most poisons are bitter, and some bitter greens contain a lot of arsenic depending where they grew).

A lot of the bitterness is just from the fact they're wild varieties. There's a huge bitterness difference between homegrown heirloom red lettuce and a tasteless iceberg, wayyy more when they lettuce goes to seed, and way more again if it's a wild lettuce (note wild lettuce is also the name of another plant just to confuse things).

Bitterness as a flavor has been taken out of the western palette (except for IPA beer, raddiccio in Italy, and a few other rare examples), and that's a shame. All the vegetables have been bred to taste sweet and bland. We've lost so much flavor and complexity in our hunt to remove bitterness, instead of learning to appreciate it like our ancestors.

There's a lot of fantastic and nutritious bitter foods. They're a great way to ramp up your metabolism and digestion too, especially when eating meat the start of a meal.

I prefer a negroni for my bitterness, but that's because I'm more of an alcoholic than a goat and I keep forgetting to check my lawn for all those good leaves. I did make my own "Jagermeister" one year out of like 40 different foraged herbs/leaves/berries/barks/etc and it was amazing. Best use of dandelion etc ever.

I'm rambling again, goodnight.

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u/Twintoro Jun 28 '22

Good ramble

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u/Luvnecrosis Jun 28 '22

Just having a quick snack before work! Don’t mind me

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u/analog_aesthetics Jun 28 '22

💀 just imagine some guy in a suit on all fours slamming down dandelions at 6 AM

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u/Howamidriving27 Jun 28 '22

The greens are also a nice addition to salad or really anywhere you might want a slightly bitter vegetable. I made some dandelion jelly this year and it was super easy and delicious.

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u/RizaSilver Jun 28 '22

Doesn’t the bitterness of the greens depend on when they are picked? Less bitter at the beginning of the season and more bitter toward the end

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u/Nr673 Jun 28 '22

Yes, in my experience at least. Summer dandelions are almost inedible they are so bitter but in the spring they are nice with a hot bacon dressing. Lettuce I've grown is similar, the heat makes it very bitter and bolt.

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u/kinggeorgec Jun 28 '22

Arugula just taste bitter to some people. Kind how some people cilantro tastes like soap.

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u/The_Golden_Warthog Jun 28 '22

Does it not to everyone? I've been eating arugula forever and just thought it was supposed to have a smoky/bitter taste. That's why I like it, actually. Also, what does arugula have to do with dandelions or what that person was talking about?

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u/kinggeorgec Jun 28 '22 edited Jun 28 '22

My wife claims it tastes peppery, and I think I meant to reply to a different comment mentioning arugula.

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u/The_Golden_Warthog Jun 28 '22

I can definitely see the "peppery" flavor your wife is talking about, as well. It's kind of "spicy" but not like a capsicum spice or a horseradish/Wasabi spice. It's like its own category of spicy.

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u/fakeittil_youmakeit Jun 28 '22

Fun fact - arugula, horseradish, and wasabi are all in the Brassicaceae/mustard family. Basically everything in the family has a varying degree of bite to it.

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u/leech_of_society Jun 28 '22

My first words in Spanish were "sin cilantro"

So as a soap cilantro man, how is it supposed to taste to normal people?

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u/ShulginsDisciple Jun 28 '22

Honestly it tastes incredibly fresh and slightly citrusy with a slight spice note to it. It's the plant that the spice coriander comes from. I love cilantro, I load it up on tacos

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u/SmaugStyx Jun 28 '22

It's the plant that the spice coriander comes from.

In the UK it's called coriander, not cilantro.

Coriander over here in North America usually refers to the seeds. In the UK you'd specify coriander seed.

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u/Titanfall Jun 28 '22

Aromatic if that makes sense, but not in a soapy way more of a earthy fresh way.

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u/bargle0 Jun 28 '22

All the good things the other respondents have said are true.

As a cilantro lover, it doesn’t taste like soap to me. But I can see where the soap tasters are coming from. There’s definitely a signal there that, if it were stronger, I might interpret as soap.

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u/underliquor Jun 28 '22

Like tasty soap.

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u/leech_of_society Jun 28 '22

Out of all replies this one is the funniest

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u/ErrantEyelash Jun 28 '22

I really enjoy cilantro, but I can definitely understand why some people think it tastes soapy. I have no idea which genetic marker I have. Maybe I just like the taste of soap.

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u/Penquinn14 Jun 28 '22

I have the soap taste gene for cilantro, there was a little bit leftover on one of the pans I made food on at one point and the entire thing tasted like someone dipped it in Dawn dish soap. I wish I didn't have it as bad

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u/Lunco Jun 28 '22

yes, really young leaves are the best. it's only suitable for salad before it flowers.

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u/obxtalldude Jun 28 '22

Yep, as soon as the flowers turn to seed, the season is over for me.

But those first buds taste so good. I like the leaves, but harvesting the centers before they flower is the best part of the plant.

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u/25toten Jun 28 '22

My neighbor use to pick and eat dandelions from his driveway, raw. Always thought that was weird.

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u/frivilousonion Jun 28 '22

ALLERGY WARNING! Dandelions, like many fruits and vegetables, have latex in them. If you're allergic to latex, like I am, DO NOT EAT. Stay safe friends!

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u/OskaMeijer Jun 28 '22

Yes, this is an issue I found. Another one that is super surprising is a fairly common seasoning in Indian food called Asefoetida/Hing, it is a dried up and ground up latex of a plant that adds a garlic/onion type flavor in food. It took me a while to figure out why I broke out in hives seemingly randomly when eating Indian food/snacks.

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u/TheEyeDontLie Jun 28 '22

Shit. As a chef thanks for this info. I've never thought of latex allergy outside of the one box of latex free gloves I keep in a cupboard somewhere in case we get a staff with an allergy.

Are there any other ones you know of?

It's kinda weird when you think about it... it's like hearing "I'm allergic to flowers" or being allergic to a specific part of an animal, like... Hair. Oh. Allergies are weird, dude.

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u/OskaMeijer Jun 28 '22 edited Jun 28 '22

Other surprising allergens I can thing of, hmmm...nightshade allergy has the obvious tomato/potato/peppers the surprising one was...goji berries. I was making a hot pot for my sister and was making it soy/nightshade free and almost ruined it by putting goji berries in the broth like I usually do. Also in case you aren't aware, octopus/squid can possibly trigger shellfish allergy but not always.

Dandelion greens, asafoetida/Hing, and goji berries are the most surprising things I have found over the years.

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It's kinda weird when you think about it... it's like hearing "I'm allergic to flowers" or being allergic to a specific part of an animal, like... Hair. Oh. Allergies are weird, dude.

I am allergic to a type of protein that is found in crustaceans and cockroaches. I can't eat shrimp/lobster/crab/octopus, but I can eat oysters/clams/squid. Those proteins exist in all of them but are all slightly different and your body can be selectively allergic to them. The crazy thing is I grew up on the coast eating shrimp and crab and just developed and allergy later in life.

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u/CooleBeto Jun 28 '22

Just Googled it, they have cells called laticifers that make latex sap. This is a fact I'll keep in the back of my mind until it becomes relevant again. I appreciate the knowledge!

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u/by_th3_way Jun 28 '22

TIL something in the comment section of a TIL: latex is naturally occurring

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u/dan1101 Jun 28 '22

Same here, I assumed it was some sort of artificial rubber.

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u/Threadbare1 Jun 28 '22

Does anyone remember "mommy had a baby and it's head popped off"

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u/zer0saurus Jun 28 '22

Now I do... will have to teach this to my three year old.

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u/mentallyhandicapable Jun 28 '22

Wow yeah I do…seemed everyone knew it in primary school…

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u/BenderCLO Jun 28 '22

Well momma don't want me so next thing I know I'm getting dropped off, getting dropped off, getting dropped off...

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u/NotYourScratchMonkey Jun 28 '22

Someone please keep me honest here but I think I read somewhere that Dandelions were introduced to the US as an edible plant but they kind of really took to the place and spread like crazy.

When people started to want lawns, they were considered a nuisance which is how they got their reputation as a weed.

Lawns didn't come into fashion in the states until you had a population of people rich enough to maintain them plus they were copying the fashion in the UK.

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u/deathputt4birdie Jun 28 '22

Dandelions (Taxacum officinale) are native to Eurasia, and it is generally believed that they were first brought to North America on the Mayflower for its medicinal uses

https://thejamesriver.org/native-non-native-invasive-and-dandelions/

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u/udongeureut Jun 28 '22

Dandelion tea is pretty well-known in Korea

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u/MeanTechnology Jun 28 '22

Dandelion tea is common accross Europe as well. At least in UK, Netherlands and Nordic countries. Not sure about rest of Europe but I would expect as its the the one plant that seems to grow everywhere in Europe except the absolute Norden tundra and few places in Southern Europe where there isn't much water.

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u/Ora_00 Jun 28 '22

Maybe in some nordic countries. I live in Finland and have never heard of dandelion tea.

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u/Occamslasers Jun 28 '22

They sell them here in supermarkets, right along with the leafy veggies and garnish, here in Japan.

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u/mongo_pawn Jun 28 '22

Which must be why when I was playing with my kids at a high school playground I watched a woman of asian heritage methodically picking dandelions on the other side of the field. Was tempted to join her with hopes of learning a new recipe.

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u/subtlysublime Jun 28 '22 Silver

fun fact, they're diuretic, and the french name translates to 'piss the bed'

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u/UlteriorCulture Jun 28 '22

That is interesting given that the English name comes from the French "dents de lion" or Lion's Teeth.

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u/AlcoholicCocoa Jun 28 '22

Same with the German "Löwenzahn"

However we call them a different name once they got their iconic white puff: Pusteblume (lit. "Puffy flower")

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u/Sydet Jun 28 '22

Puste doesnt translate to Puffy.

The literal translation would be something like Blowflower/ Flower which you can blow.

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u/AlcoholicCocoa Jun 28 '22

The most direct translation would be "puff" or "breath"
Blow is indeed.... blasen, aufblasen or aufpusten.

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u/Some_Belgian_Guy Jun 28 '22

In Flemish we call them "pissflowers"

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u/fords42 Jun 28 '22

In Scotland they’re often called ‘pissabeds’.

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u/coffeeconverter Jun 28 '22

That's what we call roly polies / pill bugs in the Netherlands. Never tried to eat one, so no idea why we call them 'pissebed'.

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u/hatchedlarryrides Jun 28 '22

I'm English and we used to call them "wee the beds" when we were kids

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u/demmons Jun 28 '22

Pissenlit

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u/pheob0 Jun 28 '22

In Swedish it's "maskros" which means worm rose...

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u/Heterocephallus Jun 28 '22 edited Jun 28 '22

Young Dandelion leaves, at best in spring when they are not bitter, are a super tasty addition to a potato salad of the oil and vinegar variety. Never had better potato salad. Ok maybe the one with wild cauliflower mushroom wild Trip-Madam leaves was better but dandelion is so much easier to find.

There's even commercially grown salad dandelion with much larger leaves which are sometimes available in supermarkets!

Edit: made a translation error because in german there is a succulent called Fette Henne but also a mushroom with that name which is called cauliflower mushroom in english. I meant the succulent also known as Trip-Madam (Sedum Rupestre/Reflexum) and not the mushroom (Sparassis)

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u/stoneape314 Jun 28 '22

what are "wild cauliflower mushroom leaves"?

tried to parse that into different combinations but none of them make sense.

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u/Heterocephallus Jun 28 '22

Excuse me. I made a translation error because in german there is a succulent called Fette Henne but also a mushroom with exactly that name, which is called cauliflower mushroom in english. I meant the succulent also known as Trip-Madam (Sedum Rupestre/Reflexum) and not the mushroom (Sparassis)

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u/Millard022 Jun 28 '22

Dude my back yard is totally a dandelion farm. Totally not just unkempt.

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u/scornkitteh Jun 28 '22

Take the flower heads when they're still yellow, dip them in pancake batter, and fry them! They're delicious that way, with powdered sugar or maple syrup for dipping.

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u/atriviality Jun 28 '22

Although, to be fair, I'm not sure there's a lot of edible things that wouldn't be after that delightful treatment! 😁 I'm going to try it!

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u/Mr_ToDo Jun 28 '22

I've used the stuff left from making soup stock to make savoury pancakes.

There really isn't much that can't be pancaked, burritoed, and/or souped.

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u/siani_lane Jun 28 '22

I've made corn bread with the flowers! You pick the petals off and add them to the cornbread and it is very moist and tasty.

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u/unbeast Jun 28 '22

if you are going to do this, don't forget:

  1. wash anything you pick wild before you eat it.
  2. the French name for dandelions is pissenlit, literally "piss in bed", referring to their diuretic properties. stay hydrated folks.

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u/sentorien Jun 28 '22

Is that why big pharma also makes pesticides?

Market the weeds as bad so we get rid of them from our backyards? Then buy our dandelion juice from the pharmacy?

Searches for tinfoil hat

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u/SwoleWalrus Jun 28 '22

that shit always bothered me as a kid when my grandpa wanted to cut grass and kill all these "weeds" that were pretty like clovers and dandelions and wild strawberries.

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u/Override9636 Jun 28 '22

Yep! Clover was added to grass seed mix for a long time. It's vital to fixing nitrogen and supporting a heathy lawn ecosystem. But they couldn't formulate a weed killer that didn't also kill clover, so they just said "fuck it, we'll just market clover as a weed too and say that our product is great!"

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u/sentorien Jun 28 '22

I always enjoyed chewing this stuff we called sour-grass. It had a yellow bell like flower and the stem of the plant was super sour/sweet. Used to chew on it all the time.

Never see it anymore.

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u/d8dk32 Jun 28 '22

Sounds like wood sorrel. I have some in my backyard. https://www.wildedible.com/wild-food-guide/wood-sorrel

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u/muffinhead2580 Jun 28 '22

I had a yard in NY that had this low growing mint and clover combination. Not much actual grass. It was awesome, I loved the way it looked. When I had to mow it, the scent that came up was like heaven. I would definitely have it again. People put too juch effort in cultivating grass only

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u/raisinghellwithtrees Jun 28 '22

My backyard is a kaleidoscope of flowering ground covers. When nothing is blooming we wack down the grass and the cycle begins anew. We have so many fireflies. It's beautiful, breath taking!

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u/S_and_M_of_STEM Jun 28 '22

Me too. This is why in my lawn we go through the colors as spring changes to summer. Purple and white violets early, yellow dandelions when it's starting to get hot, and now white clover. All throughout we get the yellow of sorrel and false strawberry. While everyone with grass alone is watering to keep things green, we have green without the effort. Plus butterflies and bees of all sorts.

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u/Heterocephallus Jun 28 '22

Edible wild plants? Kill em with fire! Then let's go to the supermarket to pay for food with much lower quality and flavor ...

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u/Green-Dragon-14 Jun 28 '22

You can use every part of the dandilion apart from the stem. You can use the roots for making coffee, or dandilion & burdock (you use the burdock root) you can also eat the flower & leaves in a salad. The leaves a part or a recipe for a spring detox.

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u/MurderBeans Jun 28 '22

You can make a fun if fragile trumpet from the stem too so nothing has to got to waste.

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u/scumpup Jun 28 '22

"Edible" and "tasty" are not synonyms.

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u/ezekial-d Jun 29 '22

Purposely brought over from Europe. They turned out to be incredibly invasive and now we can’t get rid of them.

Just like my in laws…

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