Dandelions: A Friend In Time Of Need

long stemmed dandelion flower with long leaves FOLIAGE
This plant derives its popular name from the shape of its leaves. The outlines of the leaves are referenced by the French phrase 'dent du lion.'

It is best to collect leaves in the spring before the plant blossoms because the plant's vitality is targeted in the brand new growth during that time. Tonics, teas, soups and salads are all improved by these. Dandelion leaves great whether enjoyed fresh or dried for use later.

Insert the leaves in a basin of clean water and gently stir them. Let them soak undisturbed while the dirt falls to the bottom of the container. Carefully remove the leaves from the water in order that the dirt isn't stirred up into the water. Making use of running water to rinse them again. Put the leaves into a strainer bowl to drain.

FLOWERS
It is better to harvest the blossoms in mid to late morning, after the dew has lifted and ahead of the hottest part of the day. The blooms stay closed under cloudy skies. As soon as rain looms, the heads will close. The blooms also shut during the night (or early evening) and open again once the plant senses the sun’s rays.

To collect the flowers, tug on the sepals (green leaves at bottom of blossom) and the blossoms will pop nicely off the stem, conserving you the trouble of removing stems later. Soak and wash these utilizing the same method as for the leaves. [PART 1] [PART 3]