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Anybody know where you can buy fresh dandelion roots?

rtogio Jan 8, 2013 10:55 AM

Hey everybody!

I've noticed in the recent years that dandelion greens have become increasingly available in chain supermarkets like Von and Ralphs. Does anyone know any place that sells the fresh roots of the plants?

In case anyone is wondering, I'm asking because I'm interested in making some dandelion and burdock beer at home, and the roots of the latter are essential.

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    lastofthepirates Jan 11, 2013 11:27 AM

    I've seen them at the Culver City Farmer's Market, but I haven't been there in nearly a year. May I ask your use for them? It's been many years but my aunt used to make me tea from dandelion roots.

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    1. re: lastofthepirates
      rtogio Jan 11, 2013 11:34 AM

      It's for making beer, though I wouldn't be adverse to making some tea with them either.

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        lastofthepirates Jan 11, 2013 11:36 AM

        Beer! Very interesting. Is this a common ingredient? Always been interested in homebrewing, but I've never taken the plunge.

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          rtogio Jan 11, 2013 01:09 PM

          In Europe it's a traditional, if uncommon, ingredient. In the UK, dandelion root (and sometimes the leaves) are paired with burdock root to create a rough, rustic beer (a hedgerow brew, some would call it). Fentiman's produces a cordial that uses the flavors of the two roots, so in case you're curious what they taste like together I recommend you seek some out at a Bristol Farms.

          As to what it adds, this is the best I can come up with: The roots of the dandelion add bitterness to the brew, so I'm assuming they were traditionally used as a substitute/precursor to hops. The burdock adds a mild sweetness and a bit of astringency. there are a few other ingredients (treacle, cream of tartar, etc.) but the two roots are the main attractions in this old school root beer.

          I just got into home brewing myself (wine mostly), but the receipt I'm oping to try out for dandelion and burdock beer is very simple, straight-froward and requires a much shorter fermentation time than most alcohols.

          Thanks for the tip about the Culver City Farmer's Market. I'll definitely scope that place out one day.

          1. re: rtogio
            lastofthepirates Jan 11, 2013 02:38 PM

            Thanks for the info. I like the Fentiman's brand so I'll search out the cordial. CC Farmer's Market is honestly my favorite of the neighborhood FM's in and around LA. I moved out of the area so I no longer attend, but it has the right mix of selection, size, and number of people.

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      d_doubleyew Jan 11, 2013 11:11 AM

      Hollywood Farmers' Market had them last Sunday.

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        rtogio Jan 11, 2013 11:18 AM

        Thanks! Do you remember what stand they were at?

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          bg90027 Jan 11, 2013 03:03 PM

          ABC Rhubarb Farms is a herb vendor who I think would be most likely to have them. I know I've seen Dandelion Greens there but I'm not sure about the Roots.

          Their facebook page lists all the farmers markets that they attend on their "about us" page.


          They also list this email address for contact information:


          so maybe email them first and ask if they will have them or if they know a vendor who might be likely to.

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        granadafan Jan 9, 2013 08:44 PM

        I can give you a bunch for free from my lawn. You dig them out. LOL.

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          suelassman Jan 9, 2013 07:45 PM

          my guess would be to try 'follow your heart' in canoga park.

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