Drinking Dandelions

Photo by Amy Renea

Dandelions are perhaps the most recognizable weed in America.  Those little yellow tops pepper the lawns of homes and universities alike, and keep lawn care companies in business.  Of course, you might not know that those leaves and those little yellow button tops are completely edible.  Many of our weeds are!  Remember purslane?

Today’s weed though is that sweet little flower that we love blowing in the wind to alight our wishes.  (p.s. Don’t eat those seeds — they don’t taste very good!  Just eat the flowers and leaves!)

hibiscus and dandelion tea / photo by Amy Renea

My favorite way to eat dandelions is in a sweet dandelion hibiscus tea.  A combination of sweet and slightly bitter, the tea is perfect for breakfast as a hot tea and also works as a sweet iced tea in the afternoon.

For the full recipe, visit A Nest for All Seasons and start brewing!

I knew you might want more than just tea, so I’ve collected some of my favorite dandelion recipes for you!

Let’s start with more beverages:

  • My Herbal Journey has a wonderful Dandelion Tea Recipe, while Mother Earth News has a delicious Dandelion Wine.
  • To preserve the fruit, you might want to try a Dandelion Jelly.  The Best Nest has a good recipe!
  • Last, but not least, how about a Dandelion Coffee?  Did you know that folks often made dandelion coffee during the Great Depression when coffee was hard to come by?  It is certainly not as good as our favorite brew, but is a pretty good understudy!  Check out this recipe on www.learningherbs.com.

Are you convinced yet?  Go pick a couple of those little lovelies and give them a try!  You never know — you might just find your new favorite free food!

About Amy Renea

Amy is a freelance photographer and writer based out of Hershey, PA. She spends her days chasing children and chickens around the back yard, sipping on dandelion tea and munching on sweet potato chips. Come visit the Nest for All Seasons to learn more about her food, photography, DIY designs and modern garden living!

One reply on “Drinking Dandelions

  1. Mmm, I’ll have to try this :) I love frying the flowers in tempura batter a la Euell Gibbons!

    p.s. when my dad was trying to teach me how to blow dandelion seeds, I popped the first one right in my mouth! I know the flavor of whence you speak!!

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