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In Season: Dandelion Greens

Mar 19 2009 - 3:00pm

Spring doesn't officially start until tomorrow, but judging by the produce that's popping up at the farmers market, the season's already begun. Edible weeds like fresh dandelion greens are at the peak of their season now through mid-Spring — and, with their mildly astringent, pleasantly bitter flavor, they're not to be missed. To find out how they're used, .

Dandelion greens, which are named after the phrase dent de lion, or "lion's tooth," have jagged, irregular leaves. Look for firm, fresh, tender, bright green leaves that aren't discolored or wilted. When refrigerated in a plastic bag, they will keep for a few days. Like spinach, dandelion greens are commonly enjoyed raw, but they also taste fantastic sautéed, braised, or even stewed:

What do you think of dandelion greens? If you've been a longtime fan, tell us: What are your favorite ways to enjoy them?

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