Monday, April 25, 2011

Dandelion Syrup

250 dandelion flowers
1 l water
500 g sugar
1-2 lemons
Pull the green bits off the dandelion heads.
Place the dandelions into the big pot along with lemon juice & water.
Let it simmer gently,covered for about 1 h.
Remove from the heat & leave to sit for 24 h.
Drain the dandelion syrup mixture,add the sugar & simmer on low heat until syrupy.
Pour the syrup into the clean jar when still hot,seal tightly.
Store in the refigerator.

The syrup is very lovely,I use it instead of honey.
Dandelion is a rich source of vitamins A, B complex, C, and D, as well as minerals such as iron, potassium, and zinc.
In traditional medicine, dandelion roots and leaves were used to treat liver problems.
Dandelion leaves produce a diuretic effect while the roots act as an antiviral agent, appetite stimulant, digestive aid, and may help promote gastrointestinal health. Dandelion flower has antioxidant properties. Dandelion may also help improve the immune system.

Dandelion is one of the best herbs to support a spring cleansing diet. It acts on both the liver and the kidneys, helping to 'purify ' the blood and flush out the uric acid crystals that accumulate in the tissues from eating a diet too rich in animal proteins.


claypotclub said...

Thanks for the recipe! I knew that you could eat dandelions but I found the leaves to be too bitter for my taste. Eating the flowers ensures that I can get rid of them before they infest my garden!

When is the best time to pick the flowers? Immediately after they've opened?

Délices d´Ispahan said...

Hi Jaana, happy to read some post from you again..I began to worry about you..:)
The dandelions look nice and the syrup sounds very interesting...

Jaana said...

Oh thanks,you are so sweet :),i've been too busy beeing too healthy-eating nettles & dandelions :))
Dandelions leaves are not too bitter when they are really young,i put them into salads & omelette along with other herbs,make fritters & tea along with nettles!,whitch is not very nice but with slice of lemon can be lovely..Just pick most beautiful dandelion flowers you find,it really is great way to spring clean your garden & your system as well:)

Filipa said...

Thanks for the recipe. Very tasty.


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