1. Dandelions from 11 Things You Didn't Know You Could Eat Slideshow

11 Things You Didn't Know You Could Eat Slideshow

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1. Dandelions

You already pluck those nasty garden weeds out of your beloved flower beds, so why not find some good use for them? Dandelion roots and leaves are great additions to your plain salad. Tastiest before the flower heads appear (though some eat them, too), enjoy them sautéed, steamed, or even deep-fried. They are said to have a very bitter taste, but offer a hearty variation to your average salad when paired with sweeter vegetables. Be sure to thoroughly clean anything that comes from your own garden and to pluck them when they're young for the best flavors. You can even use dandelion heads to make your own wine. Considered to be a cleansing plant due to its diuretic and digestive qualities, this nutrient-filled weed may be one of the healthiest unique backyard treats you'll ever have.