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Do you know which part of dandelion flowers is edible? From root to petal, dandelions offer a wide range of benefits, and in fact, the entire dandelion flower is edible. There are parts of dandelion flowers that are consumed more than others, but it can be enjoyed in its entirety.

Today, we’re sharing what dandelion root is, the different parts of dandelion flower to know, and more.

Dandelions in a field

What is Dandelion Root

Dandelion root is simply the roots of a dandelion plant. Dandelions are part of the daisy family, and are most commonly considered a weed. However, they are a great benefit to both ecosystems and humans, and can be found growing around the world. Dandelion flowers are easy to spot despite their small size. Their bright yellow petals are a give away.

Anatomy of a Dandelion

Dandelions are amazing plants, and can be appreciated fully. The four main parts of dandelion plants we’ll be going over are the roots, stem, leaves, and flower.
Let’s start with the roots. Dandelion roots have historically been used medicinally, specifically for the liver. Turns out, even before research was available, our ancestors were right. Studies in mice show that dandelion root has therapeutic properties when used for liver disorders. [1]

Next, dandelion stems. Dandelion stems are unique in both length and flavor. Some dandelion stems grow only 3 inches tall, and others can grow up to about 10 inches tall. The taste of dandelion stems vary. Some are sweet and tasty enough to eat like celery, and others are so bitter you won’t even want to eat them at all.

Dandelion leaves are a bit more predictable than the stems. If the leaves are picked and harvested prior to Spring, they are more enjoyable. The longer you wait through the springtime, the more bitter they get. Leaves can be enjoyed in place of any leafy green, such as in salads, as a pesto base, and more.

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Last, but not least, the most notable part of dandelion plants–the flower. Dandelion flowers are also edible, and can be dehydrated or frozen to last all year. They’re commonly enjoyed in salads, infused in vinegars, steeped as tea, and even wine or honey. They come with a load of benefits, too. Dandelion flowers have shown to help prevent infection, and even help fight photoaging. [2, 3]

No matter which part of the dandelion plant you love, you’re sure to be reaping the benefits of its plant power.

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