ORIGIN: Taraxacum officinale, commonly called Dandelion, is a herbaceous perennial plant that grows from long, thick taproots. The intense green leaves are serrated and the plant produces yellow flowers on long stems.
USES: The fresh leaves can be picked before spring flowering, cooked or blanched and used in salads while the dried roots have been used to make infusions and chicory coffee. Bees make a well known alpine honey from Dandelion flowers in Italy which is much sought after, called Miele Tarassaco.
PROPERTIES: Dandellion has diuretic, purifing and laxative properties.
Horticultural name: Taraxacum Officinale