Picking the RIGHT Dandelion leaves is a bit of a skill, but with a little practice you’ll be harvesting tasty greens in no time. When foraging for Dandelion, look for younger plants that have not yet gone to seed. The leaves should be a nice bright green without too much yellowing.
Also, avoid plants that are growing in areas that are directly exposed to the sun as these will be the most bitter of all. Instead, look for plants that are shaded or in well drained soil with lots of competition around them resulting in less bitter leaves.
Only pick the younger leaves near the center of the plant and avoid picking the mature leaves as these will be too tough and bitter. Make sure to rinse off the leaves with cold water first before consuming them, to get rid of any dirt or debris. You can then enjoy your delicious greens in many ways, like in salads and smoothies or cooked in a variety of dishes.
So, next time you are looking for a delicious and nutritious snack, head on out and pick some Dandelion leaves! With a little practice you can ensure that you are picking only the sweetest and most delicious leaves with ease.