Dandelion lemonade with raw honey will be your new favorite way to enjoy this classic spring and summer drink. Not only is it delicious, it’s a great way to enjoy highly nutritious dandelions and your favorite raw local honey.
Dandelion lemonade with raw honey is walk in the park…
Every morning after breakfast has become a ritual. During the corona quarantine 2020, I really enjoyed the slower-paced mornings. Without everyone rushing out of the door, the tone of our home felt peaceful. The ability to get outside and walk together each day was my favorite part of the day. It was a joy during the strange and uncertain moments that plagued the world for two months. I will never forget how my heart sang when my daughter would take a deep breath in and say “ahh, isn’t nature great?” or “I really love to adventure”. These walks became a staple of our day and a wonderful opportunity to get fresh air, a break from the indoors, and a new perspective and adoration for something I was taken for granted all along: plants.
One of the most notable changes in our immediate surroundings was what happened when Sidi Bou Said stopped manicuring the park. Bees buzzed uninterrupted by weed whacking, and butterflies fluttered through the dandelions. Little worlds were everywhere and things grew like crazy. Even now, as life has mostly resumed to normal – the park remains unkept and I enjoy seeing how it evolves.
It started with fresh blooms and shoots growing high towards the sky, and has evolved to dried grass with Queen Anne’s lace taking over everything. It’s so wonderfully miraculous. Weeds became a point of interest, rather than something more than a nuisance, but something that was keeping our pollinators very content. And something that can be utilized when very abundant, like when the park hasn’t been mowed in months. I learned that dandelions are actually a wonderful edible plant that can be used in many ways. You can enjoy dandelion greens in your salad, use their flowers to make an oil for your homemade salves, or make a new family favorite: dandelion lemonade!
The benefits of dandelions:
From their root to their flower, dandelions are considered to be a highly nutritious plant. Dandelions can be eaten raw or cooked (or consumed in delicious lemonade!) and are an excellent source of vitamins A, C, and K. They also contain vitamin E, folate and small amounts of other B vitamins. And dandelion greens contain several minerals, including iron, calcium, magnesium, and potassium. Dandelions are often thought to improve skin health and provide relief for cramps and aches.
Harvesting your dandelions:
Dandelions are easily identifiable and abundant. They’re notoriously easy to harvest and simple to clean and use. The entire plant is edible from flowers, leaves, to root.
I like the harvest my dandelions from my own garden. We’re lucky to have a garden where they grow abundantly, without fertilizer, however we also don’t have pets. Make sure you’ve located a safe space that’s free of fertilizer and that is not visited by dogs. 🙂
To harvest the entire plant from root, use a weeding fork. Angel the fork about an inch into the soil to loosen the root, and then carefully pull the entire plant from the ground. Shake free from dirt and remove any damp or slimy leaves.
Ideally, you would harvest dandelion while it’s still young, as it becomes extremely bitter after the leaves become too bitter.
Cleaning dandelions for consumption:
Run dandelion crowns and green through water, while carefully opening their crowns to be sure you’ve removed any dirt and pests.
If you’re using fresh dandelion root, peel the “skin” as if it were a carrot, and clean it well. Then you can slice it exactly like you would a carrot. Give it a try, it’s delicious!
Nutritional benefits of dandelion greens:
The greens of the dandelion are highly nutritious, though the entire plant is edible!
“One cup of chopped dandelion greens (55 grams) contains approximately:
- 24.7 calories
- 5.1 grams carbohydrates
- 1.5 grams protein
- 0.4 gram fat
- 1.9 grams fiber
- 428 micrograms vitamin K (535 percent DV)
- 5,588 international units vitamin A (112 percent DV)
- 19.3 milligrams vitamin C (32 percent DV)
- 103 milligrams calcium (10 percent DV)
- 1.7 milligrams iron (9 percent DV)
- 1.9 milligrams vitamin E (9 percent DV)
- 0.2 milligram manganese (9 percent DV)
Dandelion greens also contain a small amount of thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6, folate, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc and copper.”
Benefits of dandelion root:
Dandelion root contains a considerable amount of inulin. Inulin is a type of prebiotic soluble fiber found in plants that supports the growth and maintenance of healthy intentional flora. Aka everything we need right now to stay well. And since burdock and dandelion root works best when simmered or boiled to extract the inulin, I put it in my bone broth. Inulin have anti tumor, antimicrobial, hypolipidemic and hypoglycemic properties. They may also promote antiosteoporotic activity, which appears to improve mineral absorption and balance.
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Let’s make dandelion lemonade with raw honey!
- One quart of fresh dandelion tops
- 1/2 cup raw wildflower honey
- 2-3 dandelion leaves
- 5 lemons
- 8 cups of water
- Optional: cleaned, raw or roasted dandelion root
- Into a large pot, juice all of your lemons by hand or with a juicer.
- Add 1 cup water and 1/2 cup of honey to your pot of lemon juice.
- Allow mixture to simmer until your honey is dissolved.
- Turn off heat and let cool.
- Add your dandelions to a gallon jug.
- Add seven cups of water and your cooled lemon, honey mixture.
- Stir and let sit in the fridge for three days.
- Sieve lemonade to remove dandelions.
- Serve over ice and enjoy!
Feel free to add dandelion root for additional health benefits!
Nutrition InformationYield 10 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 64Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 9mgCarbohydrates 18gFiber 1gSugar 15gProtein 1g
What we used in this recipe:
We added this delicious raw wildflower honey into our lemonade for a beautiful flavor infusion, however you can add any type of honey you desire! I have since made dandelion lemonade with lavender-infused honey and it was what dreams are made of! Get creative!
What else can I make with my dandelions?