Plant Hypochaeris radicata (Flatweed)

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Common Name: Flatweed

Botanical Name: Hypochaeris radicata

Family: Asteraceae

Other Names: False Dandelion, Catsear, Long-rooted Catsear, Hawkweed.

Distribution: Native of Europe and N.Africa.
Naturalised to SEQld, NSW, Vic, Tas, SA, WA. in cooler/temperate areas.

Field Notes: Perennial herb to 80cm.
Cluster of leaves forming a rossette at base, flat on ground.
Yellow flower at top of erect, branched stem.
Seeds form 'santaclaus' and dispersed by wind.
Common lawn weed.
Warning Toxic to horses.

Uses: Young leaves edible. Sourse of nectar for bees.

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I often eat these. The best leaves are the youngest, but placing a pot over the plant (exc;ludes light) causes blanching of new growth, which results in sweeter leaves (technique used for making endive).

Often mistaken for Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) luckily both are pretty much the same from a edibility pov.

Dandelion stems are hollow and unbranched
 
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Delicious drizzled with olive oil and thrown into a chicken wrap or finely chopped and tossed in hot pasta. Matches basil really well and the combo kind of covers the bitterness of older leaves.

Blanching larger areas can be done with a flattened cardboard box.
 
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