It is the perfect time of the year to forage dandelions. They are everywhere and contain many benefits for your health including Vitamin C and antioxidants. it’s an amazing substitute if you are plant based or if you want to include more wild flowers to your diet.
When going foraging, try to go on a warn and sunny day so the flowers are wide open!
Spots to avoid:
- Busy road
- Sprayed field
- Path used by dog walker
Dandelion is 100% edible. For this recipe, we will use only the flower heads or petals (it’s up to you). Remove the stalk before starting your honey.
- 75g flower heard or petal of dandelion
- 300g sugar
- 350ml cold water
- 2 slices lemon
Step 1: Shake the flowers to remove any bugs and take off the petals (optional)
Step2: In a sauce pan, add water, lemon and dandelion. Leave it to infuse overnight.
Step 3: The following day, use a muslin cloth or a strainer to extract all the juice!
Step 4: Weigh the juice and add the same about of sugar (in our case, 300g of juice, 300g of sugar). Add juice and sugar in a saucepan, stir until the sugar disappears. Bring to boil for 15-20 min to thicken it up.
Step 5: Pour your honey in a clean jar while still warm.
Online, you will find many recipes, have a look:
When going foraging make sure you are following the official guidelines regarding the Covid-19 and the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (it is unlawful to uproot any wild plant without permission from the landowner or occupier).