It probably hasn’t struck you as edible, but there it is. If you’re ever stuck in a zombie apocalypse with no food left, you can go for the dandelions. Dandelions are found on every continent, so everyone should be familiar with them to some degree. The dandelion has been consumed since pre recorded history, often blanched to remove bitterness.
Dandelions have been part of traditional Chinese and Korean cuisine, too. In Greece, the leaves are often eaten by locals in salads. The flower petals are also used to make dandelion wine. If the roots are ground and roasted, they can be made into caffeine free dandelion coffee. The dandelion is also an ingredient in root beer. It even contains many vitamins and minerals, mainly A, C, and K, and is a good source of calcium, potassium, iron, and manganese.