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Dandelion Flower Infusion and Syrup
Dandelions are wonderful medicine and a delight to drink. Make an infusion from dandelion flowers and give it a try, or turn it into a tasty simple syrup for herby cocktails and desserts.
There are only a few dandelions in my yard this year, which is the opposite of a problem as far as most people are concerned! NOT ME. I want dandelions; root, leaf, and flower! There are so many wonderful ways to use this humble flower in applications both culinary and medicinal.
Since I only have a handful of flowers this spring, I will not pick them all to use. The bees need them, and I can’t bear to take all of their flowers away! My general foraging rule is to harvest one flower out of every three I see. When things are scarce like this season, that means that at the end of a foraging stroll, I might only have a whopping TEN flowers. *sigh*
Ten flowers aren’t enough to bother heating the oil to make dandelion fritters…so what can I do with ten flowers? Time to make a lovely tea! There’s not enough to make mead or wine, either!
Dandelion flowers are nutritious and delicious! High in vitamins, rich in calcium, good for the liver and urinary tract, the benefits of dandelion are many. The roots are where the big magic is, but even the leaves and sweet-scented flowers carry healthful benefits.
Ten flowers were just enough to make a cup of tea, and then turn that tea into a sweet syrup.
Dandelion Infusion Recipe
- Gather 10-20 dandelion flowers
- Cut off the green bits and put the petals into a jar (I used a jar that holds 1 cup for ease).
- Pour boiling water over the petals, filling the jar
- Put a lid on the jar and let it sit for at least an hour. I let mine rest overnight.
That’s that! You can strain and drink it as is, or if you prefer, you can turn it into a syrup for cocktails, pancakes, or sweeten anything else that strikes your fancy.
Dandelion Syrup Recipe
- Strain the dandelion tea into a pot. Add equal the measure of sugar to the liquid in a pot. (ex.: 1 cup liquid, 1 cup sugar)
- Bring it all to boil and let it boil for one whole minute.
- Turn to a low simmer until the liquid is reduced a bit and starting to thicken.
- Remove from heat, allow to cool, pour into a glass bottle
- Label and store in the fridge.
Enjoy and Eat Your Weeds!
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I’ve always thought dandelions were under-appreciated. I used to make money as a kid digging them up for people. They look like little sunspots to me. Much more interesting than a boring plain yard.
Hee hee…I remember my grandfather asking me not to blow the white dandelion seeds everywhere, but when I looked crushed, he smiled and relented. Thanks, grandad! 🙂
this page rocks! I have a lot learn from you, The food and medicine’s are under our feet
I had no idea there were so many uses for dandelions. I knew I loved them for a reason, though! 🙂
Dandelions definitely have a bad reputation. Health benefits aside, the bees need as many flowers as they can get access to (especially in early Spring), and they love dandelions! I have hundreds and hundreds of dandelions on my acreage, and never a thought from me about them being eradicated. I use dandelion in a headache tincture I make (along with Feverfew). And the leaves added to a salad in early spring are wonderful. I never thought of a tea from the flower so I am looking forward to that. Thanks Amber.
I love Dandelions! I do the same thing with my dandelions but I turn the tea into jelly. It make a lovely honey like product.
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What a fun idea that is!
My favorite thing is that you can just gather them from your yard! Such an amazing flower.
I will definitely try these recipes! We have a ridiculous amount of dandelions in our yard because we won’t use chemicals. And three small children who would love the task of picking them! Great idea!!
Thanks for commenting, Kate! Dandelions are so much fun to play with! 🙂
Thank you for this. I have just collected some dandelions from my daughters organic house before the lawns were mowed so I was able o take the lot. But I still only got 15. This recipe is perfect, We are not allowed to drive and forage with lock-down.
I’m glad that you were able to get that little bit of dandelion! 🙂 It is definitely tough and strange this year with the restrictions on travel. I hope you and yours stay safe and well!