Yes, you can eat the leaves of a dandelion.
This week's feature story, "Weed Eaters,"
looks at the the raw-food movement sprouting in St. Louis, and those who chose to go completely raw, living on nothing but what most people might consider weeds good for pulling -- but certainly not for eating.
From the story:
Put nothing in your mouth that comes from an animal and nothing that's been heated above 118 degrees. Nothing.
Consider the implications: Imagine grocery shopping but never
straying from the produce section. Or dining out but ordering no meat,
dairy or fish, nor any fruit or vegetable that's been fried, broiled,
sautéed or grilled. Not even bread or crackers, which are baked. Or
coffee or tea, which are boiled.
Here, compiled by Nicholas Phillips, is a list of ten of the most popular raw foods that you probably didn't know could sustain you.
10. Bee Pollen Pellets
Bee pollen pellets are taken from the legs of bees and are said to contain all kinds of nutrients
A super-pungent South-Asian fruit
that can kill people who have high blood pressure.8. Rejuvelac
A "poor-man's beer" made by dumping sprouted grain in water
and allowing it to ferment for a few days.
A common source of Omega-3 fatty acids
It is blue-green algae; its health benefits are the subject of some debate
5. Hemp protein
(I am so high I can't explain this one
4. Agave nectar
A sweet syrup
pressed out of a Mexican plant (after intense interrogation by the Feds.)
3. Acai berries
These grow high up in the Brazilian rain forest
2. Dandelion leaves
A rugged fiber that truly keeps things movin'
A.K.A., raw chocolate, revered by the ancient Aztecs and Mayans
; tastes bitter, but will get you wired.