Fried Dandelion Blossoms

For a hot hors d' oeuvre, try these yummy blossoms!


Dandelion blossoms
Cool, lightly salted water
1 egg
1 cup milk
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 pinch pepper
Deep fryer


Pick new dandelion blossoms (ones on short stems). Rinse in cool, lightly salted water. Cut off stem ends close to flower heads, leaving just enough to hold petals together. Roll flowers in paper towels to remove excess moisture. Make batter by combining egg, milk, flour, salt and pepper. Dip flowers into batter. Drop batter-coated blossoms into deep fryer set at 375 F. Fry until lightly browned. Drain on absorbent paper and sprinkle with more salt as taste dictates. Enjoy!

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Avoid any bitterness by

Avoid any bitterness by removing the bitter tasting green receptacle at the base of the flower. It can be cut off with scissors or a paring knife, or can be removed by pinching, squeezing, and rolling the receptacle until the yellow flowers come free.

The bitterness doesn't bother

The bitterness doesn't bother 80% of those who eat the fried blossoms. However, I've had my science classes make dandelion donuts for decades, and in that time have had several people vomit due to the bitterness. Dr. Peter Gail showed me how to "squeeze" the non-bitter yellow flowers free of the bitter, green receptacle. It is quick and easy with a bit of practice, and results in dandelion donuts that everyone can enjoy.

Dandelion donuts? YUM!

Dandelion donuts? YUM!