Hey guys this is Josh here with Trillium: Wild Edibles and today I wanted to show you guys this awesome looking dandelion rosette. You can see just how big and bright green and vibrant these leaves are. These leaves are extremely luscious and whenever you’re looking for dandelion these are the ones you want to get if you can help it. The reason for that being, these are going to be a lot less bitter, these are going to have a very mild taste because they’re extremely bright green, they’re very lush. They’ve got extremely fast growth. Also they’re growing on a really nice hillside so that helps them with drainage. You can see this plants shaded right now but it goes through shade through various portions of the day because of all these trees around. Whenever you’re harvesting your dandelion leaves for food a lot of people notice that they are really bitter and they taste, well, kind of like salt. That’s not a bad thing, it’s just that it’s kind of hard to eat something that tastes like salt.. The nutritive salts in dandelion are extremely good for rheumatism and arthritis it’s also a blood thinner. However, again, it’s kind of hard to tolerate something with extremely bitter tastes. So whenver you gather your dandelion, if you gather them from places that are really well shaded, with good drainage on a nice slope. Well rich soil, and you’re gathering large, vibrant, bright green leaves like this, you’re going to really enjoy the dandelion greens raw. That’s one of the best ways to find good dandelions, so that’s something I wanted to show you guys while I was here. Another thing I wanted to show you guys today was this littel bitty green button like thing growing up out of the soil. This is the mayapple coming up. This is the very first stage of the mayapple. A little bit later you’re going to see them start looking like this. Here if I pull these out you’re going to notice this distinct umbrella rosette of leaves here at the top that the mayapple is distinct for having. So that’s something I wanted to show you guys. Her you can also see some toothwort there growing next to it with slightly more rounded leaves and little more deeper cuts, and more sharper teeth than what you’re going to see in my cut leaf toothwort video. Her this is a really prime example of a dandleion rosette that you do not want to eat. It’s not going to hurt you in any way. However it will be extremely bitter and almost unpalatable. Again like I said those nutritive salts in dandleion are actually medicinal, so it’s kind of a give and take relationship. However if we compare these dull green very thin and narrow leaves to those other bright green, lush ones. We’re going to notice a dist…bleehhh. We’re going to notice a big differencr in the taste. So that’s something to keep in mind.