most plants we consider ‘weeds’ are actually medicinal herbs; nettle, lambs quarter, chrysanthemum, all growing in radiant abundance together with the plants we eat for sustenance! But dandelions especially amaze me. Among many other uses, it is of the most effective detoxifying herbs on this planet.
How To Harvest and Use Dandelion Roots To Eat - Dandelion roots are best harvested from late fall through early spring, when the plant is dormant and has stored up energy in the root. So now is a perfect time to get harvesting.
"Dandelion roots are best harvested from late fall through early spring, when the plant is dormant and has stored up energy in the root. For medicinal use, most sources say fall harvest is best... Spring roots will be less bitter and chewy – just make sure you dig them before the plants start to blossom. Spring roots are also higher in taraxacin, which stimulates bile production."
Dandelion. Infographic. Summary of the general characteristics of the Dandelion plant. Medicinal properties, benefits and uses more common of Dandelion. http://www.medicinalplants-pharmacognosy.com/herbs-medicinal-plants/dandelion/benefits-infographic/