Dandelion consumption

Asked May 7, 2020, 12:00 PM EDT

I have recently read that all parts of the dandelion plant are edible. I am curious only about safety not taste or growing. Are there any kinds of dandelions to be concerned about? Or that pose any sort of health concern? I have attached a few pictures of the ones I find in my yard (sorry they are hard to see) that have no herbicides, pesticides, etc. and are not located near roads. Any information is appreciated. Thanks

Baltimore County Maryland

1 Response

Other than avoiding the issues you mentioned, and removing insects from foliage, we are not aware of any problems with eating dandelions. They can be a diuretic and a laxative in sufficient quantities. We have not done research on these as a food source.

Here is an extension article about them: https://wimastergardener.org/article/dandelion-taraxacum-officinale/

Ellen