Thursday, May 23, 2013

Vegetable Query: Dandelion Greens

Dandelion Greens

Dandelion pesto

Dandelion with carrots and spaghetti

Filing this under 'Weird'. It has been a long while since I tried something new in the veggie world, so when dandelion greens starting showing up in the supermarket this Spring, I knew I had to get a bundle.

I enjoy dandelion tea, which I assume are made out of blossoms. Perhaps I'd enjoy the greens as well. Seeking cooking ideas, I landed my search on dandelion pesto by David Lebowitz.

With half the bundle, I had a yield of about 2 cups of pesto. Used the first cup for pasta, the other half cooked with basmati rice. As I was through with looking at pesto, for the remaining half-bundle, I chopped them up to saute with carrots to have it with spaghetti. Nothing too creative there.

The Dandelion greens are bitter. For someone who likes arugula and bitter gourd, it took a few bites to get used to its bitterness. My favourite method -- should I pick up a bundle of dandelion greens again -- would be cooking it as a sauce with rice. Cooking it does mellow the bitterness.


  1. It all looks delicious!!! People pick them from the fields here... they are everywhere, except in the supermarkets :)

    1. These weeds are all over the place here, but no one is certain about how polluted the soil here is :(

  2. I heard that they can be eaten, but I've never tried it myself. I guess it would be scary if you happen to pick the wrong weeds from your own yard.

  3. I tried dandelion greens last summer when they showed up in my Fresh Box (a weekly local veggie/fruit program). I made them into a pesto and both my husband and I found them to be too bitter for our liking. But I disguised their taste in a power smoothie and that was much, much better!

  4. I don't think this is weird at all!
    My grandma used to pick them from the field too and make a salad with crispy bacon and a lot of vinegar...yuck :)

  5. I too have heard that dandelion greens can be eaten, but haven't tried it. This post makes me want to give it a try.

  6. Hi Juanita
    This is very interesting about the dandelions. Are they like rucola? I remember eating rucola pesto in Italy and it was lovely. I also remember a drink from my childhood in England called "Dandelion and Burdock". It was coke-colored, and fizzy but tasted more peppery somehow. I liked it. BTW, am really enjoying hearing about what you are up to the other side of the pond!

  7. I must say I did not even know that danerlions could be eaten... hahaha Then again, I have gotten used to things to eat that I was never ever thinking would be posible to eat too, living here! haha

  8. Food post, I love! I would love to try the dandelion pesto , the one in the seconc pic ;)


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