Taraxacum officinale

Dandelion in English, voikukka (butter flower) in Finnish.
Family: Asteraceae.
Genus: Taraxacum.
Species: T. officinale.

Our yard was completely covered with dandelions this year, and so, making sure to leave plenty for the bees, I was eager to forage them and create something delicious.

I have known this plant very well since I was a kid, since my granny would always collect some of it and add it to salads, or fry it with bacon as a side dish.

Did you know?

All parts of the dandelion are edible: flowers, stems, leaves and even roots.

How to use Dandelion


  • Use them in salad or in cooking as you would use arugula
  • Fry them in a pan as a side dish
  • Add them to soups
  • Use them like spinach or chard in salty pies


  • Roasted and ground as a tea/coffee substitute


  • Decoration, for both sweet and savory dishes
  • Syrups, mead and infuses
  • Baking
  • Skincare

Stop by The Adagio Blog tomorrow to get the recipe for a delicious and vegan Dandelion Honey!

Nordic Foraging: Dandelion on The Adagio Blog
Nordic Foraging project by Thais FK supported by Taike

Supported by Taike

Thais FK

Italian photographer, recipe developer and content creator, Thais came to Finland by chance, but stayed for love. Through photography she tells stories about traveling, eating, cooking and living sustainably, in order to discover new cultures and not to forget her origins. Thais FK's portfolio: thaisfk.com

June 28, 2022