Latin Name: Taraxacum officinale
The name originated in the Late Middle English from French dent-de-lion, translation of medieval Latin dens leonis ‘lion’s tooth’ (because of the jagged shape of the leaves). (Oxford Press)
The dandelion is one of our favourite plants. The dandelion is commonly thought of as a weed. It grows in most peoples lawns and yet it has so many uses.
All parts of the dandelion are edible. The leaves have a bitter taste and are used in salads. The roots have an earthy taste and dried root has been used as a coffee substitute.
Folk law informs us that we can tell the time by blowing the seeds from the dandelion and in a wedding bouquet they are meant to bring good luck to the couple. The dandelion has been used in folk medicine as a diuretic and the sap has been used as a cure for warts.
In more recent times research has been conducted into the properties of dandelion these include anti-inflammatory and antidepressant effects and as potential drug for type 2 diabetes.