Dandelion honey





Don't let all those Dandelion flowers go to waste or get mowed down.  I made Dandelion honey a few years ago.  Somehow, adding sugar & water to the strong "tea" of flowers transformed it to a thick, delicious honey.   Also, I recall a slow reduction on the stove for many hours.


Here's an actual recipe if you want to try:   Dandelion Honey Recipe

Total Time: 4 hours, 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups dandelion petals
  • 4 cups water
  • 3 (1/4-inch) thick slices lemon
  • 1/2 vanilla bean, split in half
  • 2-1/8 cups granulated white sugar

Preparation:

Pick dandelion flowers during the daylight while in full bloom, remove petals, then measure petals only.

Place petals in a heavy saucepan along with the water, lemon slices, and vanilla bean. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 30 minutes. Remove from heat and let steep for 6 hours.

Strain dandelion tea through cheesecloth and discard solids. Place in a heavy saucepan and bring to a low boil. Gradually add sugar while stirring until sugar is dissolved. Lower heat and let simmer to desired syrupy thickness (may take up to 4 hours).

Dandelion Honey is great on toast, muffins, pancakes, and biscuits.

Yield: about 1 cup

OK, I don't recall adding lemon slices or vanilla beans to my batch.   In addition, it is not necessary to separate the flower petals as shown above.  Good grief, that's too much work.   Get as much of the greenery off (stems, leaves) so your batch looks like this:


One more bit of advice:  Since this recipe only makes one cup, and involves a lot of time (6 hours steeping, reducing 4 hours), I'd triple it!