Throughout the last decade, I’ve tried to find unique ways to use the dandelions that grow effortlessly throughout our front and back yards. My daughter has always thought they were beautiful, “Look mom, this is the prettiest one in the yard, see how full it is?” she said to me just yesterday. She picks them and proudly gifts them to me and our guests. I enjoy them more for their medicinal properties, though they are quite cute once you really study them.
Over the years I’ve made jelly with them and fermented the buds (both recipes are in Can It & Ferment It), sautéed the greens and our family-favorite is to bread them in seasoned panko and fry them in coconut oil – yum! But I’m open to trying some new techniques this year and in effort to encourage more of you to try new things with dandelions, I’ve compiled this list of “5 Unique Ways to Embrace the Healing Properties of Dandelions”.
So here is my list of things I want to try this year, and I hope you will to:
- Dandelion Tea
- Dandelion Coffee
- BONUS: if you make Dandelion Coffee, you’ll have what you need to make Dandelion Hot Cocoa!
- My Instagram friend @megnbrews suggested infusing some dandelions in a base oil when making homemade lotion, and this can also be done when making homemade soap or salve. She said it feels great on the skin. Awesome idea, I’m definitely trying that one!
- Dandelion Syrup
- Dandelion Cookies
**MAKE SURE THE AREA YOU HARVEST DANDELIONS FROM HAS NOT BEEN SPRAYED WITH CHEMICALS!***
Tell me, what ways do you enjoy using dandelions? If you’ve never tried before, what sounds most interesting?