Fun fact: Every part of the dandelion is edible. You can use pretty much the whole dandelion plant in different ways to make food and beverages.
The leaves and flowers can be added to salads and even used to make wine. Today I’m going to show you how to make tea out of dandelion root.
The roots are tough to get out. The bigger the bunch of leaves growing out of the ground, the bigger the roots. Try to harvest after it has rained. The ground will be considerably softer and it will be easier to pull out the roots .
Using a small shovel slice into the dirt surrounding the root. Try to loosen the soil and then grasp the root as deep as you can and pull. Some will come out nicely, some will just snap off. Trim the leaves off the root. You can discard them or add them to a salad.
Two important things to remember,
1) only use roots of plants that you know for sure are dandelion
2) Only harvest from dandelions you know have not been sprayed with weed killer or other nasty chemicals.
You can harvest any time of the year but it is believed that the roots will have the most nutritional value in the spring and fall.