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Dandelion (Taraxacum Officinale)

A common weed with often-missed culinary properties. The yellow flowers may be used to make wine, and the leaves may be used in salads. If these are 'blanched' by being covered by a cardboard box for a couple of days, their bitterness is reduced.

It isn't recommended that these are gathered near roadways, as they are particularly susceptible to absorbing lead from car exhausts.

Their name is derived from the French dents de lion, as their leaves are jagged like the teeth of lions.

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