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Dandelion syrup is not only tasty it is also loaded with nutrients, and for vegans it's a great honey substitute. Just make sure you only pick your dandelions in pesticide-free areas!
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IngredientsMakes: 1 bottle
- 2 generous handfuls dandelion flowers
- 750ml water
- 500g demerara sugar
- 1 lemon, juiced
MethodPrep:30min ›Cook:30min ›Extra time:12hr resting › Ready in:13hr
- Remove as many of the green parts, or cut the petals off with scissors. Add to a saucepan with the water and slowly bring to the boil. Let boil briefly, cover and let stand overnight.
- The next day strain though a fine sieve or a colander lined with several layers of cheese cloth muslin. Pour back in the saucepan, add sugar and lemon juice and simmer at low heat to the desired consistency. Do not cook until thick, as the syrup will become much thicker when cold.
- Fill in a sterilised bottle and close with a cork. Store in the fridge and use within 1 month.
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I’ve made Dandelion syrup few times so far. It’s so tasty. My children like pancakes splashed with Dandelion syrup just as much as with maple syrup.
In Polish folk medicine it is know from ages as a cure for cough and a help with liver cleansing. Dandelion syrup recipe can be found in Saint Hildegard of Bingen’s books and she lived in XII century:) It is sometimes called Dandelion honey, but actually it is a syrup. Try this easy recipe for homemade Dandelion Syrup. For more immunity booster recipes check: Immunity.
Important Note: Dandelion syrup should not be used by people suffering from hyperacidity nor with dandelion allergy.
- 200- 250 dandelions flowers – we need only flowers, the less greens in it the better
- 3 cups sugar
- juice from 1/2 lemon
- 1 liter water (4 cups)
Collect dandelion flowers. The best time to do this is sunny morning, when the flowers are fully open. Spread flowers over the white sheet and let all the living being leave:) Don’t wash the flowers – they will lose the most valuable pollen, which helps to cure cough. Make sure you collect dandelions away of roads, it’s important to have them from trustworthy source as we don’t wash it. However some people prefer to wash flowers, this is of your choice.
Place flowers in a sauce pan, add water. Dandelion flowers need to be covered with it. 4 cups should be enough, but if you have more flowers – add more water.
Bring to boil and simmer for 15 minutes. Then let it rest over night, so that flowers give all it’s best to syrup.
On the next day drain dandelions well. Add sugar and juice from one lemon to syrup, bring it to boil and simmer on very low fire for 45 minutes. It will get thicker, looking more like honey, also because of the light yellow color. If you prefer more thick syrup, keep it simmering longer. Remember that syrup will additionally thicken while cooling.
Pour hot Dandelion Syrup to clean jars, close it tightly and put upside down for cooling. Additional pasteurizing is not needed, as sugar is a natural preservative. Store in a pantry or in a fridge if you prefer.
Note: You can also try to make Dandelion Syrup with orange juice instead of lemon, the flavor would be different.
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Dandelion Syrup Recipe
After you have gathered the flowers, allow them to sit in a shady location for about a half hour to ensure any insect life has left.
Cut their base to help detach the yellow petals from the green sepals.
In a saucepan, cover the dandelion petals with water. Mix well until all petals are covered. Bring to a boil and immediately remove from heat. Cover, let cool, then let infuse in the fridge overnight.
The next morning, strain the flower petals from the water over a medium size bowl. Use a fine mesh strainer, and press the petals with the back of a spoon to extract as much water as possible. (Alternatively use cheesecloth.)
Return the strained liquid to the pot along with the sugar and lemon. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer (uncovered) for one hour, or until it has reduced by half.
Check the consistency after about an hour. Dip a spoon into the syrup, let it cool a bit, and test the thickness. If it’s thick enough for your liking, just turn off the heat and let the syrup cool.
Pour syrup into a glass jar and make sure to store it in the fridge. It will keep in the fridge three to four months.
Once you start eating and enjoying dandelions, you&rsquoll never look at them the same way again. In fact, you will be trying to save as many as you can, if not for your own use, then for the bees, creatures and other insects that rely on them for survival.
Whatever you do, stop using weed killers, glyphosate and other chemicals to kill them. Allow them to be part of your yard and harvest them for the abundant nutritional benefits that they provide.
The bitter leaves are rich in vitamins A, E, K, B1, B2, B6 and C. They are also mineral-rich in substances such as magnesium, iron, copper and folate.
Use the entire plant, along with other wild &ldquoweeds&rdquo to bring inexhaustible energy into your life.
Dandelion flowers have their specific uses too. Add them to cakes, make a nourishing tea, brew some dandelion wine, there is so much to do!
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Dandelions are so abundant that they’re easy to harvest! And most of the plant can be used—flowers, leaves, and roots. Yes, even the flowers can be eaten!
Eat Your Greens
As with most greens, the plant leaves are best when they are young and tender. Ideally, gather dandelion leaves before the plant blooms as they will become increasingly bitter and tough.
Young dandelion leaves make an excellent addition to salads, bring a sharp taste to the mix.
Or, the young leaves can be looked ike spinach, sautéed in oil and garlic like many leafy greens.
Try one of these recipes with your next summer dinner:
Eat Your Flowers!
One of our favorite recipes is a Dandelion Syrup (also called Dandelion Honey) which you make from the flowers. (See photo at the top of this page.)
It’s great over over pancakes and waffles or mixed with oatmeal. Or stir into tea or a carbonated drink which is an old-style European favorite!
Pick newly yellow dandelion heads (ones on short stems) and try these yummy Fried Dandelion Blossoms
Photo: Lyudmila Mikhailovskaya/shutterstock
For something spreadable, try Dandelion Jelly! Harvest 1 quart of bright, fresh dandelion blossoms!
Dandelion Jelly. Photo by minadezhda/Shutterstock.
To wash those down, try a “spirit” of spring, like Pink Dandelion Wine or Dent-De-Lion Wine. Dandelions have been used to make these brandy-like drinks for centuries.
Photo: Vuk Saric/shutterstock
Even the dandelion roots can be used for making a caffeine-free coffee-like drink. For a refreshingly different brew in the morning, try Dandelion Root Coffee.
A couple safety notes: Obviously, only eat dandelions from areas that don’t use chemical weedkillers we’d also avoid public areas where dogs may have peed on them. If you are foraging on public land, it’s harvest sparingly do you don’t disturb the plant population and leave plenty for the pollinators! Learn more about safety harvesting dandelions.
Do you eat your weeds? Ever made food or drink with dandelions? Share your recipes or comments below! We’d love to hear from you.
Dandelion Honey From Flowers
Dandelion honey isn't honey made by bees, but rather it is really dandelion syrup made from the flowers and sugar. You're the bee converting flowers into sweet goodness. You can weed those pesky dandelions from your lawn and make a treat from the flowers.
Dandelion honey is a good substitute for honey for vegans or anyone who may have an allergy to traditional bee's honey, with a surprisingly similar flavor. The consistency is thinner than most honey. It has a very similar appearance in color.
If you have a lawn dotted with dandelions and you are sure there haven't been any chemicals applied, you can forage for the flowers. If spring has sprung but the bees aren't yet buzzing enough to make honey, this is a fun seasonal substitute.
Dandelion honey is great on toast, muffins, pancakes, and biscuits. You can use it much as you would use honey in tea and beverages. The tender greens are also good for salads and are tasty cooked with garlic, too. If you find that you really enjoy this process and you have a lot of dandelions in your yard, you can also make dandelion wine and dandelion jelly.
Dandelion Root Recipes
Probably the least used part, dandelion roots don’t get enough attention. Pulling up the roots is the only sure-fire way to get them out of your garden beds, and if you’re going to pull them, you might as well use them. Dandelion roots are most commonly used medicinally as a tincture to treat liver issues, constipation, skin problems, and fluid retention.
One of the simplest preparations is a dandelion tincture, where the cleaned (but raw) roots are infused in a neutral spirit to create a medicinal alcohol extract. This preserves the medicine in the roots for use all year long.
Similarly, Dandelion Bitters are a homemade tonic for the liver and a tasty cocktail additive at the same time. I’ve made a version that includes dandelion and burdock, which are complementary and make a delicious mixer.
Steamed dandelion roots are a simple way to enjoy them as a vegetable. Dandelion roots cook up just like any garden root crop, and it’s a simple way to get a little early spring nutrition.
Peeling cooked dandelion roots
Historically, dandelion roots were roasted and used as a caffeine-free coffee substitute. Roasted dandelion root coffee lets you have a morning coffee ritual, without the caffeine. It tastes surprisingly like coffee, but without the acid.
Dandelion Root Chai is another take on dandelion root coffee but spiced to make a herbal caffeine-free chai. Similarly, this health food dandelion mocha incorporates cocoa nibs along with other medicinal herbs and mushrooms for a chocolate-y detox beverage.
Take those same roasted roots and brew them up into a probiotic herbal ferment with Dandelion Kombucha. This dandelion recipe combines probiotics with the health benefits of dandelion roots in a tasty fizzy drink.
Roasted dandelion roots for dandelion coffee.
If you’d like to skip the roasting step, Dandelion tea is made from unroasted roots, and this mix includes other medicinal herbs as well.
That same dandelion root tea can be used in baked goods, like these dandelion tea donuts. They’re are a creative way to incorporate dandelions into food. The coffee-like dandelion root tea is used to flavor the cake in these homemade donuts.
Roasted dandelion root tea also adds flavor to these paleo dandelion root muffins.
Dandelion root muffins (Image Courtesy of Grow Forage Cook Ferment)
For a sweeter infusion, try infusing dandelion roots into raw honey instead of water. Dandelion Root Infused Honey imparts the medicinal constituents of the dandelion roots into a sweet medicine.
Other Things I Have Made With Dandelion
To make the following, pick just the flower heads and make an infusion. Follow your favorite syrup or jelly directions.
- Dandelion Syrup-very tasty on pancakes, waffles and vanilla ice cream.
- Dandelion Vanilla Syrup- dandelion syrup with a vanilla bean added to it…yummy.
- Dandelion Jelly- Delicious on a PB&J sandwich. You can also use it on your morning toast.
While most people think of dandelion as a weed that they just soon get rid of, us herbalists know their wonderful herbal healing powers.
Dandelion leaf tea is a wonderful diuretic. A diuretic helps to eliminate excess water from the body. While eliminating water, dandelion also eliminates toxins. Because it contains potassium, dandelion makes a much better diuretic than an over the counter (OTC) medication. An OTC diuretic will quickly deplete potassium, which will cause a whole host of other issues. By using dandelion, you body does not lose it as quickly. Be sure that if you taking dandelion for long periods, that you eat a banana or two a day, or at least substitute it with a potassium supplement.
Dandelion root is considered an herbal bitter, and is a great herb to use for liver support and detox. It is loaded with vitamins and minerals that will help support a liver detox.The herb helps to cleanse and promote health digestion. Dandelion root is one of the best herb for detoxifying the liver, and it can also be used to prevent gall bladder stones.
If your body gets a little constipated, dandelion can be drank as a tea or decoction to encourage your body to eliminate the waste. Other laxative herbs can be used if the constipation is moderate.
Believe it or not, dandelion is great for the skin. Because of it’s detoxifying action, dandelion can help clear up skin rashes, acne and boils.
Research confirms that both the roots and the leaves are a powerful diuretic natural diuretic. This can help clean out the kidneys and promote proper kidney function. Due to it’s potassium content, dandelion is a good choice for a diuretic. OTC diuretics deplete potassium out of the body, and can be harmful.
Dandelion root is used by herbalists to detoxify the body. It helps to detoxify the whole body. In 1999, a study in Japan, showed that dandelion could be used as an anti- cancer agent.