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We'd no idea about its history

The Judge

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Its use as a medicine and foraging crop is well known to anyone interested in herbs and herbalism, but I didn't know they've tried to make rubber out of it!

In case anyone was thinking of trying it, it's young leaves you want to eat -- old ones can be very bitter. And as he mentioned it's a powerful diuretic, especially the stem sap. A folkname for it is piss-in-bed, and its name in French isn't dent-de-lion, but pissenlit!
 

Venusian Broon

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Its use as a medicine and foraging crop is well known to anyone interested in herbs and herbalism, but I didn't know they've tried to make rubber out of it!

In case anyone was thinking of trying it, it's young leaves you want to eat -- old ones can be very bitter. And as he mentioned it's a powerful diuretic, especially the stem sap. A folkname for it is piss-in-bed, and its name in French isn't dent-de-lion, but pissenlit!
I liked that the Chinese called the root system of the Dandelion an 'Earth nail'. Nice little detail.
 

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The Romans used Daisies as medicine. Surgeons accompanying Roman legions into battle ordered slaves to pick daisies, extracting their juice. I would guess it was applied to wounds as an antiseptic.
 
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