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The Dandelion is one of the most famous edible spontaneous herbs. With a rather bitter taste it was collected and cooked in the past. Today the habit of collecting spontaneous herbs has been somewhat lost, but there are some who practice foraging or the collection of spontaneous herbs and fruits. It is a good practice for rediscovering the benefits of nature and its slow rhythms. Of the Dandelion you can eat practically everything: the buds are put in oil, with the roots you get a drink similar to coffee, but more often and even today someone eats the leaves, in salad or in soups.
There are many edible plants that grow spontaneously in the fields or in the woods.


Just take a nice walk in the meadows to look for new flavors and foods or simply to make new discoveries about the plants that we have always seen around, considering them weeds. We can find in the countryside some of the best known edible plants: for example, the characteristic purple flower of the Mallow and its tender young leaves are used to make risotto! Another one is the Wild Garlic, which is recognized by the pungent smell of garlic, but it is much lighter than the other that we buy at the supermarket: you can make pesto with its leaves and you can use the flowers to flavor soups or potatoes.
We can not miss in this list the Nettle (with which you can prepare risottos and omelettes) and the Dog Rose, which grows spontaneously in the woods (you can eat the petals of the freshly hatched flowers and the red and fleshy fruits, with which you can prepare a delicious jam or, if left to dry make decoctions and herbal teas).
Be careful though: there are also many inedible plants and it is very easy to get confused, so if you want to go hunting for edible herbs (or mushrooms) get help from an expert!