Dandelions as a delicacy?

The Environmental Board, which has as much advisory clout as the planning and zoning board, is urging residents to eat the ubiquitous weeds rather than spray them."It's the most nutritious plant on the planet," board member John "Doc" Phillip said. "It's really a vegetable. It's only a weed in the eyes of people who grew up in the '50s and '60s and moved to the suburbs."

The weeds can be plucked from lawns and eaten as snacks, said Phillip, who raises dandelions in kitchen planters for winter consumption.

Dandelion beer, wine and food contests are scheduled as part of the town's Fourth of July festivities. Board members and town hall staff members hand out recipes and dietary information.