Dandelion flower syrup is a great treat from your weeds and it is so easy to make. See why I am mad about dandelions – and their amazing health benefits.
Pick your dandelions before mowing the lawn or digging them up for dandelion coffee. Or go out into the country and pick them in the wild away from pollution. Never use ones that have been sprayed with weed killer. My hands get all yellow from the picking.
Dandelion Flower Syrup Recipe
- Wash the dandelion flowers and spin dry them like you would lettuce.
- Cut their base to detach the yellow petals from the green leaves; you only want the petals as the green part is bitter. You can do this by hand but it is faster with a knife.
- Place the flowers in a pot with 1 cup of water; I use filtered water.
- Mix well until all petals are covered with water.
- Bring the pot to a boil and boil for 5 minutes.
- Then simmer on very low heat for 25 minutes.*
- Strain the liquid from the flowers into a second pot.
- Add honey and stir till melted.
- Now mix in the lemon juice.
- Let it cool and store in a glass jar in the refrigerator; the honey acts as a preservative.
- Enjoy your dandelion flower syrup on some pancakes. See the dandelion flower pancake recipe below.
* OR Out in a jar and put in the fridge overnight to steep like tea, bringing the flavors out of the flowers.
Here Are Some Great Recipes With Dandelion Flowers:
Make Dandelion Flower Cordial for a refreshing beverage. The word cordial sounds tasty, and it’s very appropriate in this case!
Check out Dandelion Flower Cornmeal Pancakes – This recipe really is my version of pancakes as you will notice that it has no milk or eggs in it. I developed it when I was unable to eat eggs or milk at all due to food sensitivities. Interestingly whenever I make these pancakes no one seems to notice the lack of these two ingredients.
When we see dandelions in the spring it is time for a Spring Cleanse