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How to make Dandelion Honey

on Friday, 04 October 2013. Posted in How to, Opas Blog

How to make Dandelion Honey

Dandelion who? Dandelion honey!

Dandelion honey! It's a great alternative to bee honey for us vegetarians and vegans. What can you use dandelion honey for? Coughing a lot? Sore throat has you this season? No problem, drop a teaspoon of dandelion honey in your teacup combined with hot water and or your favorite tea. Not feeling so well or feeling like a cold is coming your way?

Dandelion honey is a great remedy for these troubles. See below our delicious homemade dandelion honey. All dandelions we used are wild and picked from our garden and the meadows. I really enjoyed picking these dandelions.

You'll need 30 minutes of an investment just for gathering. Don't have dandelion growing in your area? You can find online a reputable source of dried organic or wild-harvested dandelions in exchange for a fresh harvest.

Dandelions should be picked far away from the busy roads. Roundup teaches us that dandelion is a weed with no use but, in fact, dandelion has a long history of uses including its leaves which is said to help regulate digestion, nourish liver and bile, help with rheumatism, in aid to dissolve kidney stones, and a beauty tonic for the skin and face.

Dandelion Honey 

  • 400 pieces dandelion flowers
  • 2 liters water
  • 2 lemons
  • 2 kilograms sugar 

Directions:

Pick fresh dandelions in the months of April and May. Wash off flowers with running water. Place  flowers in large pan, add water and lemon. Cover large pan with a top.

Cook up flowers with a medium to high temperature for approximately 15 minutes. After the 15 minutes, turn off the heat and let this mixture sit for 24 hours or over night. 

The next day, strain liquid removing the flowers. After straining add sugar. Boil mixture while stirring often for a duration of one hour or longer until mixture loses its water content.

Test liquid by taking a teaspoonful from the pot dropping it into a room temperature teacup. Liquid should reflect the consistency of honey. Honey should have color appearances like yellow, gold, or a golden hue. Fill honey in a marmalade jar or glass with sterile closure. 

And that's it! Enjoy your dandelion honey in tea, on a cracker, piece of bread or toast!

Happy Dandelion Honey Making!!

Fresh harvested flowers

Fresh harvested flowers

Lemons and Water

Lemons and Water

Add Lemons and Water

Add Lemons and Water

Mix Lemons Water and Flowers

Mix Lemons Water and Flowers

Boil Flowers with Water and Lemons

Boil Flowers with Water and Lemons

Strain boiled liquid

Strain boiled liquid

Add sugar to liquid

Add sugar to liquid

Reheat and boil till honey consistency

Reheat and boil till honey consistency

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