Edible Wild Plants: Dandelion Coffee

Whether you are day hiking or lost in the woods, believe it or not nature can provide you with a great cup of joe. Dandelion coffee is a coffee substitute made from the root of the dandelion plant. Begin by harvesting the root of the plant, clean it, chop into smaller pieces,dry them out, then roast the dandelion root pieces until dark like a coffee bean color. Grind the roots in granules and steep them in warm water and let sit. The final product is a beverage that has a resemblance to coffee in appearance and taste!

DandDandelion coffee is said to be a good tonic for the liver but beware… the bitter tonic made from the dandelion root is also used as a laxative! (induce bowel movements)

Being able to identify edible wild plants is an invaluable skill when in a wilderness survival situation. To learn this and  many more skills, the Peak Survival School run’s beginner to advanced wilderness survival courses in vermont for more information E-mail: peaksurvival@gmail.com or check out

http://www.peak.com and click on the Survival Tab

http://www.youtube.com/peaksurvival

 

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