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Lunch with RTBG friends

It all started when A of the Food Garden at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens (RTBG) invited all  its volunteers to lunch at his property.  Immediately we considered the tasty treats we could create from any of our gardens, and … Continue reading

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Eating some ‘fake dandelions’ – part 7 of 7

After days of information about dandelions and their ‘fake cousins’ it is time to try out these weeds in an edible concoction. This blog posting presents a simple recipe for my first ever meal, which is based on a selection … Continue reading

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Dandelions, ‘fakes’, history – part 6 of 7

Where is our common dandelion common and where does it come from? Dandelions are thought to have evolved about 30 million years ago in Eurasia. Fossil seeds of Taraxacum tanaiticum have been recorded from the Pliocene of southern Russia. Historically … Continue reading

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Dandelions and ‘fake’ dandelions in my neighbourhood –  part 4 of 7

I went hunting in my neighbourhood for a genuine dandelion. I found only two despite knowing that neighbour’s lawns are often blossoming with yellow flowers. As the cold weather arrives, the dandelion slows down into a dormancy phase, and no … Continue reading

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‘Fake’ dandelions of prickly lettuce & sowthistle – part 3 of 7

In the last two blog posts, you have seen four different types of dandelions plus two ‘false dandelions’, the cat’s ear and hawksbeard. Two more potential look-alikes are offered here; prickly lettuce and sowsthistle/milkthistle. Prickly lettuce (Lactuca Serriola) has a … Continue reading

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‘Fake’ dandelions; cat’s ear and hawksbeard – part 2 of 7

Yesterday’s blog posting introduced Tasmania’s common dandelion and three other genuine dandelions which can be found across the state. Today we consider similar weeds that are not dandelions. The Mountain Herbs website lists a number of look-alikes. How can we … Continue reading

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Dandelions and ‘fake’ dandelions – part 1 of 7

Recently, in a blog post, I mentioned there were weeds that seemed similar to dandelions and I had always been fearful that I would fail to identify a plant correctly and perhaps poison myself if I tried to cook or … Continue reading

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