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    dandelion are edible right?
    i was looking at some out in my backyard and i couldnt help but notice the leaves seem to have some prickly looking fuzz on them.


    sorry if this is a dumb question
    im just trying to start learning some edible plants

    and as a follow up question; whats the best way to start learning edible plants?
    how'd you guys start up with your knowledge?


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    I think this is a dandelion right?
    sorry the flowers were closing a bit cuz its getting dark here

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    if you look closely you might see the prickley fuzzz on the leaves

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    is the fuzz edible?

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    YES!!! Dandelions ARE edible. The greens can be eaten in the form of a salad. Wareagle69 can give you more info should he ever show up. Meanwhile...USE THE "SEARCH" BUTTON!!!!

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    Dandelion or Catsear? Both are edible and look VERY similar. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catsear
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    I don't think that's common dandelion. The stems are too long and dandelion doesn't have hairy leaves. At least the ones around here don't. The stem should be hollow with a milky white sap. I think that's called Hairy Catsear or False Dandelion. It's edible but I've never had it. The good news is there are no poisonous look alike for Dandelion.

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    Yeah, what he said. I was writing when he posted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick View Post
    I don't think that's common dandelion. The stems are too long and dandelion doesn't have hairy leaves. At least the ones around here don't. The stem should be hollow with a milky white sap. I think that's called Hairy Catsear or False Dandelion. It's edible but I've never had it. The good news is there are no poisonous look alike for Dandelion.
    I also believe that dandelion only has one stalk with a single flower while catsear will have shoots and have many flowers budding off?
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    Agreed. That's right. And the stems are solid, not hollow like the Common Dandelion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RangerXanatos View Post
    Dandelion or Catsear? Both are edible and look VERY similar. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catsear


    Quote Originally Posted by RangerXanatos View Post
    I also believe that dandelion only has one stalk with a single flower while catsear will have shoots and have many flowers budding off?

    yes, and yes
    so its not dandelion.... but its still edible in the same sense?

    i guess this just goes to show how similar some plants can be O_o

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    Quote Originally Posted by crimescene450 View Post
    yes, and yes
    so its not dandelion.... but its still edible in the same sense?

    i guess this just goes to show how similar some plants can be O_o
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarge47 View Post
    BTW, and this is very important, Morals are deadly and need to be disposed of properly..if you find any, pm me immediately & I'll instruct you on how to dry them & ship them to me for safe disposal! [/SIZE][/COLOR]
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    wait, morals?
    arent those mushrooms?

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    Again, I have not used it but the leaves are edible both steamed and boiled. The root can be sliced thin, dehydrated and used as a coffee substitute. Apparently, it's the same as dandelion.

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    he suckering you in to sending him your morels. Don't fall for it. He tries that all the time. You'd be much better off sending them to me. I'll dispose of them appropriately.

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    haha
    well id have to learn to identify them first
    and im not sure if they grow where im at (oak woodland/chaparral, in bay area, CA)


    are they really that good?

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    Horrible. Deadly. Terrible. They will turn your tongue blue. Send them to me. I'll get rid of the beasts.

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    That doesn't quite look like a dandelion to me either for the same reason rick stated. Sarge I have dried morels if youd like some.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crimescene450 View Post
    (oak woodland/chaparral, in bay area, CA)
    Miners Lettuce:
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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claytonia_perfoliata
    You find them a lot in the thicker foothill woodlands with the bay/oak tangles, often near streams.
    But be warned, this time of year they taste so bitter that they taste almost toxic, but if you boil them, then they taste fine. They are better in early winter/early spring.





    Thistles, this one is easy
    Peel the outer green stock until you find the inner white pith. Eat that. The stalk itself is way too tough to eat, you need to get to the inside.
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    Manzanita Berries
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    The Madrone has berries as well
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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_Madrone
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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corylus_cornuta
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    WOW thanks man! ^
    i reconize a few of those

    ive known about manzanitas (from watching man vs wild lol)
    i can never find them though
    maybe they dont grow in my particular forest.


    question: when you boil plants, are you supposed to eat them hot/warm or let them cool off to normal temp first? or is it just preference?

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