Hi PermieFan! We have the Western or Yellow Salsify around here, Tragopogon dubius. If you do a google image search on this Latin name, you will undoubtedly see it around. Where the purple variety featured in the FeralKevin youtube video are purple and the roots taste sweet, they are more fibrous and bitter in the ones that grow here. However, the greens are totally edible and in fact wonderful, I eat them all the time since they are all over my yard! You can use them in salad and cook similar to asparagus - I guess the roots can still go to the chickens hehe! They are not very palatible although they are edible and safe. In the short time that they flower, I try to pick them and dry them for tea later (partly so not so many go to seed, my neighbors get quite irritated!). They dry in a different color than the dandelions when I do this, and they taste great (it is a good way to get the insects off too).
Lisa Allen MH (AstroHerbalist)
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