Monday, 4 May 2009

Things to make and do with Dandelion

Inspired by the last few posts on 5 Orange Potatoes and the amount of dandelions on my lawn I decided to do something with all the pretty yellow flower heads.

Whilst picking dandelions I couldn't resist wearing a little "crown" made of dandelions.

I've been picking hundreds of flowers in order to make some wine.

This is what the blossoms looked like after straining and squeezing them through a muslin bag.

Now the wine is bubbling away and I can't wait to taste the results.


I also followed these instructions on how to make dandelion syrup which turned out to be delicious.

It's extremely sweet but very nice used as a sweetener in green or herbal tea. Wait a second, there's an idea: Dandelion Tea! Unfortunately it's been a rather miserable day today so the flowers didn't open but as soon as the sun's back out I will pick some more flower heads to make some tea. Any idea how to dry them without them turning into little "parachutes"? Will microwaving work? Also, having seen this post I must try some dandelion cookies! No matter what the weather is going to be tomorrow I will pick some dandelion leaves to feed to my budgies as they've been missing out on this whole dandelion adventure. I might even pick some for myself to go in a salad ...

2 comments:

  1. You cute gal you! Such a beautiful and uplifting post. I love that you are making the wine...don't think I'll be doing that this year. I'm envious of the little daisies growing with your dandelions. Hmmmm, drying the petals, I would pinch them off the head of the flower, they won't go to seed then. I've heard you can freeze them as well.

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  2. I've always wanted to try dandelion wine...

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