Here is a very simple dandelion honey recipe that I use every spring. Technically it is dandelion syrup as there are no bees involved to make the honey, but it does taste and look a lot like regular honey.
This dandelion honey recipe is so quick, easy and cheap and if you go out dandelion collecting at the right time of year, they are everywhere and it doesn’t take long to collect enough for quite a few jars. Make sure you leave some for the insects though and always steer clear of dandelions that are close to roads or have been sprayed with chemicals. If you have any flowers left over, you can steep them in hot water and make dandelion tea.
Dandelions are best eaten when they are young. You can eat the entire plant: roots, leaves and flowers. Dandelions have been used as food and as a natural medicine around the world for centuries.
The greens are really tasty and nutritious and can be used in salads and snacks or cooked as you would spinach. Dandelion greens are high in vitamins A, C, and K and also provide calcium, potassium, iron, folate, and magnesium. Dandelion roots are recognised as a liver tonic and can be used to make a caffeine-free hot drink that is similar to coffee. Dandelion flowers contain Vitamin A and Vitamin B12 and are high in antioxidants and polyphenols.
Dandelion honey is great in hot drinks, on toast, drizzled over ice cream, or mixed into yoghurt, milkshakes and smoothies.
Dandelion Honey Recipe:
- 4 cups of dandelion petals
- 4 cups of water
- 3 slices of lemon
- 2.5 cups of sugar
- Remove the petals from the dandelion flowers
- Put the petals into a saucepan with the water and lemon and bring to the boil
- Simmer on a low heat for 30 minutes
- Remove from the heat and leave to steep for 6 hours
- Strain and discard all but the liquid
- Bring to the boil again and then add the sugar gradually, stirring until it dissolves
- Once sugar has dissolved, leave to simmer until it reaches a honey-like consistency
- Pour your dandelion honey into sterilised jars, seal and store
You can try flavour twists if you fancy, such as adding a sprig of rosemary to the liquid to infuse your honey with a mild rosemary flavour.
Does anyone else make dandelion honey? Do you use a different dandelion honey recipe? Any flavour twists? Please share in the comments section below.