|A dandelion is an original potherb, which is an old name for "vegetable." European immigrants who weren't sure of what type of food might be here when they arrived brought dandelions to the United States. A dandelion is a complete source of nutrition. Dandelion leaves are high in minerals and vitamins and can be used in salads or eaten raw. A dandelion root cleaned, roasted, and ground is a good coffee substitute. There is also the famous dandelion wine, for which recipes can be found with a simple online search.
So the next time you see a dandelion "weed" sprouting in your yard, take a moment before you pull it and realize how valuable this yellow flower was to immigrants. If you're lucky enough to see a dandelion puffball intact, bend down, make a wish, and blow your wishes to the sky!