Ah, the humble dandelion.
In our modern times of monoculture lawns and yards, it now plays the part of the unwanted villain. But before the king decided that lawns were a sign of wealth, people grew dandelions for its many uses. Every part of the dandelion is edible. The young greens can be used in salads. The roots can be brewed into tea or roasted and ground for a coffee substitute. It has a fantastic nutrient profile.
And of course, last but not least, those cheery yellow blossoms that greet us in early spring when other plants are still waking up from their long winter’s nap can give us the sweetest treat of all.