Dandelion Syrup (Dandelion Honey)

Dandelion Syrup
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Ingredients

Dandelion flowers (about 60)
1-1/2 cup water
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar (or 1/4 cup honey)
1/2 lemon, juice and zest

Instructions

Harvest dandelions! Note: You can harvest in advance of making this syrup. Put blooms in an air-tight freezer bag in the freezer until you’re ready to get started.

Snip off blossoms from the green base into a container. Then rinse the flowers and pat dry. (You can skip this step to retain more of the pollen which is good for the immune system. If you are concerned about bugs though, inspect closely or they will also be strained out later.)

Add flower heads and water to a pot. Bring to a boil, and let it boil for 30 seconds to a minute.

Then remove the pan from the heat and steep over night (or at least 8 hours).

The next morning, strain the liquid into another pot or bowl. You can strain over a cheesecloth or a fine mesh strainer, squeezing out as much water as you can.

Return the strained liquid to the pot and discard the flowers. Add the sugar, lemon zest, and juice to the pot and simmer for one hour.

Let the syrup cool. Note: The syrup won’t thicken until it has cooled. Once it has cooled, taste it with a spoon. Adjust to taste with sugar and lemon juice.

That’s it!

Transfer to a sterile class jar or container and leave to cool completely. It can keep in the fridge for up to a month.

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Dandelion Syrup

At the beginning of the recipe you say to put dandelions in a large pot and boil. Does large pot mean much water, or just the 1 1/2 cups you have in the ingredients?

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The Editors's picture

Good question. You add the petals and the 1-½ cup water to the pot. The petals should be covered in water. If this is not enough water, add a little more, enough to cover. 

Taste?

Just wondering if it tastes like syrup or does it have a green taste to it from the dandelions?

Dandelion syrup taste

The Editors's picture

It taste wonderful! A light floral flavor similar to many honeys made from flowering plants. Maybe a bit nutty? A bit lighter than honey in texture. It is important to remove green stem and flower head base, and use just the petals. The base of the flower head contains a bitter liquid. You don’t want that bitterness to ruin the flavor. So as long as you do that, no, it doesn’t have a green taste at all. 

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