Fresh Springtime Dandelions

Cicuoria frisca

Preparation info
  • Serves

    6 to 8

    • Difficulty


Appears in
Sicilian Feasts

By Giovanna Bellia La Marca

Published 2023

  • About

Dandelions are a natural diuretic and a liver tonic. They are rich in vitamins, beta-carotene, ascorbic acid, and very high in lecithin, which is being studied as a preventative for cirrhosis. Pick the dandelions in areas that don’t have too much traffic, as they tend to absorb exhaust pollutants where there is heavy traffic. Also avoid chemically treated lawns.

Pick the whole head and remove the outer leaves and the flowers when you clean them. A bagful will yield only a dish of gr