How To Pick The RIGHT Dandelion Leaves

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.


  1. I just happened upon your channel the other day and so glad I found it! You are so instructive and easy to learn from and follow! Thanks for the knowledge!

  2. These are dandelions? They're growing outside? They are good for your health and tasty? Bitter, but that can be overcome if you don't like it? Free, in your back yard? Awesome video?

  3. Gotta be careful in urban areas. Dogs! The "hip high" rule does not apply to dandelion and these plants will absorb anything that any mammal pisses or shits.

  4. +Trillium-wild edibles- Can I just take the seeds after dandilions change & plant in a box (my soil is bad) & grow them? And how long would it take to grow them? This is SO IMPORTANT! THX! P.S.Yes-Im a new sub

  5. WOW the plant at the beginning looks a lot like young burdock. That varity doesn't grow at the 3000' level of the Appalachian Blue Ridge. I'm hungry now! Great video. Cats ear is less bitter but smaller leaves. Thanks.

  6. My Grandma made dandelion salad all the time when I was a kid. She would put olive oil lemon juice dressing on it. It was good

  7. I see plants look like dandelion how am I'm suppose to know if it's a dandelion or not do to fact that some plants look just like it

  8. I love the bigger old ones too, there not bitter in a salad with oil and vinegar and onions and garlic and hemp seeds,i just grab them all I'm a wild food eater I love them all thanks for your vids

  9. Very good advice! The dandelion greens are so popular. I have always wanted to see a mayapple plant. They look so amazing, but I've heard that it's hard to get the fruit before other animals get to it first.

  10. How can you preserve them for a day or long enough to get them home before they are wilted into submission?

  11. The bitters are one of the more medicinal parts of the plant and should not be avoided. Just mix the leaves with the flowers and some typical lettuce leaves if the leaves alone are too bitter for you. There is no requirement to consume the leaves alone. I have been eating dandelions for about six years and find all parts palatable. I wish I had known of them all my life. Dandelion is a good source of iron and vitamin B 12, hence it's traditional use as a spring tonic.

  12. I just picked a whole slew of these out of my yard, untreated of course! I've been eating them all this season so far, so yummy with the olive oil dressing I make for them!

  13. There where times all I had to eat was dandelion. I found the bitter ones i boil twice, second time with some vinegar, then I fry, bake, cook them again, eggs go good. When I was very hungry I didn't care, I ate them raw bitter or not. I have much respect for that plant.

  14. When the dandelions bloomed, I picked a few cups of flowers, added them to apple cider vinegar and now, 6 weeks later we are enjoying our delicious dandelion vinegar and the by-product, dandelion pickles! I also dug up some roots and made a tincture using chopped roots, leaves and flowers. I have dandelion leaves in the dehydrator right now, which I use for smoothies and a wonderful tea. Also, I dehydrated some roots, roasted them in a skillet and ground them up to make into a sort of coffee-like drink. They smelled like cocoa when they were roasting and the hot drink (roasted roots boiled in water for 20 minutes) was a little bitter but with a few drops of maple syrup, it was really good! Of course, eating the leaves and flowers fresh from the living plant is best and my favorite way to eat the beautiful dandelion!

  15. what's the best time to pick, is it better to pick them before they seed or after they seed when they are big or when they are small? do you just cut the leaves or pluck up the whole bunch?

  16. I'm enjoying your videos….a little trick for people who find the dandelions bitter. I soak them first in salted water then saute in olive oil and add some garlic, salt and pepper. For those who don't like the bitter flavor add a little dash of balsamic vinegar at the end to take the edge off.

  17. Great video. I watched this after throwing a couple in our smoothie and the rest in with onions, coconut oil , collards and kale. Delicious! Mine grow on my hilltop in the shade and under my Boxwoods.

  18. In late 50's my Italian grandmother would take me out to pick the leaves in the Spring time before they flowered. I've never thought they were bitter with her homemade Italian dressing. yummm yummm yummm.
    I still do it 60 years later.

  19. I'm from kentucky so no stranger to dandelion greens, polk salat, etc… free food, just wonder how many folks might be on here to find the cannabis weed, lol, i know you're out there.

  20. I don't understand how you get dandelions that big, the dandelions here in The Netherlands grow between road cracks and fields and leaves only grow about 3 inches long and the plant doesn't get taller than your average coke can

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