Sunshine in a glass: dandelion syrup/honey recipes

Simple methods for preparing dandelion syrup and honey

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A blooming meadow full of yellow dandelions swimming in warm rays of sun. Did you know you can capture a piece of this happiness in a jar, in the form of home-made dandelion syrup or honey?

Other parts of dandelions may be healthier (the leaves and roots for example), but this is pure joy on a piece of bread or in tea.

The difference between dandelion syrup and honey is consistency (and your willingness to pick dandelion flowers). Dandelion picking is a good temp job for children (not that I recommend child labour 😊).

Dandelion syrup

Liquid dandelion happiness.

Ingredients

  • 200g dandelion flowers (without stems and before washing) – you'll need about 250 flowers
  • 1 L water
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 orange
  • 1kg sugar
  • Optional: herbs, e.g. mint, lemon balm, lemon grass

Instructions

  1. Pick your dandelion flowers somewhere clean. The best time to pick them is before noon, so they are really open. Wash them quickly under a stream of cold water so you get rid of any small insects – but don't leave them in water for too long because you'll lose some of the healthy pollen. Let the water drip off.
  2. Put the flowers into a litre of water. Add the slices of lemon and orange, and any herbs you'd like to include. Boil slowly for 20 minutes and let it rest for 24 hours in a cool, dark place for a day (it doesn't have to be a fridge).
  3. Drain the infusion the next day until the liquid is clear. Add sugar and let it slowly boil for 30 minutes.
  4. Pour the liquid into glass bottles, then store it in a cool, dark place. It should stay fresh for up to 6 months.

Recipe by

Simona Poláková

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Dandelion honey

Dense dandelion happiness.

Ingredients

  • 250g dandelion flowers (without stems and before washing) – you'll need about 300 flowers
  • 0.8 L water
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 1.5kg sugar

Instructions

  1. Pick your dandelion flowers somewhere clean. The best time to pick them is before noon, so they are really open. Wash them quickly under a stream of cold water so you get rid of any small insects – but don't leave them in water for too long because you'll lose some of the healthy pollen. Let the water drip off.
  2. Put the flowers into 0.8 litres of water, add the lemon juice and boil for 5 minutes. The temperature should be around 100 degrees Celsius; don't boil it too much, or you will lose the healthy substances. The water should be light brownish. Set the water and dandelions aside in a cool, dark place for a day (it doesn't have to be a fridge).
  3. Drain the infusion the next day until the liquid is clear. Add sugar and let it slowly boil for approximately 20-30 minutes. The colour should be caramel-like and it should have a honey-quality consistency. You can test the consistency by putting a bit of the liquid on a plate and letting it cool down. The golden rule is: do not over boil and choose the consistency you like.
  4. Pour the honey into glasses, seal them, turn upside down and allow to cool.
  5. Store in a cool, dark place. It should stay fresh for about a year.

Recipe by

Simona Poláková

Have you tried this recipe? Share your photos & thoughts in the comments below

A footnote for people allergic to pollen – this can really an issue, worse than with bee honey. So be careful.

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Comments (3)

  • Might have to try these. Our yard is full of them.

      10 months ago
  • Ill probably have to wait til next spring, not as many blooms now but I might have to try this.

      10 months ago
  • Massively underrated plants dandelions. Mix with burdock and you get a lovely cordial

      10 months ago
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