There are no U.S. grade standards for Dandelion. These instructions have been developed by the Fresh Products Branch to assist officially licensed inspectors in making inspections, writing certificates and to assist in the proper identification of specialty type fruits and vegetables.
Dandelion, believed to be a native of Eurasia, this perennial has been produced in Asia and Europe for centuries. It grows in the temperate zones that support spinach and kale. The cultivated varieties tend to have larger leaves than the wild type found in many front lawns. Some varieties and strains may look like endive, which is a member of the same family. It can be found in the markets with green or blanched leaflets.