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Oregon dandilion edible?

 
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I am at my friends house and they have these huge dandilions growing. They don't look like the ones im used to [in texas] and they don't taste like it either.

Are they edible? I think I feel a little dizzy, but that could be the half pot of coffee I had for brunch...
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Please don't eat plants you can't identify!

I hope you're ok......
 
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It passed the universal edibility test in my survival wisdom & know how manual, but it didn't taste like Texas Dandilion. All parts of the Dandilion are edible so I was pretty sure I was safe, but I wanted to check and see if any Oregon natives have any experience with it.


For anybody that would like it: The Universal Edibility test

Don't eat it if it has:

Milky/discolored sap
Beans, Bulbs, or seeds inside pods
Bitter or soapy taste
Spines or thorns
Dill, Carrot, parsnip, or parsley like taste [on your tongue]
Almond scent in the woody part of the plant
Grain spurs with pink, purple, or black spurs
Three leaved growth pattern
 
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That looks like false dandelion, also called catsear. Latin name Hypochoeris radicata. Dandelion has a single composite flower on a large hollow stem. False dandelion can have multiple flowers, and the stems are much slenderer.
Eattheweeds.com has a page on false dandelions.
 
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BINGO! You nailed it on the head, THANKS!
 
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False dandelion, also known as Cat's paws, is also edible. Check out
John Kallas' book, Edible wild plants.
John S
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I have an abundance of these here -- the rabbits seem to really like the flowers/buds/stems!
 
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Funny thing, my dogs LOVE to eat dandelion flowers, but won't touch false dandelion. Go figure.
 
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No wonder you got dizzy. Dandelions make the best wine. It is clear and very strong. My relatives when I was younger always harvested dandelions in the lush willamette valley of Oregon.
 
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