How to make dandelion lemonade
Dandelion lemonade with raw honey will be your new favorite way to enjoy this classic spring and summer drink. Not only is it delicious, learning how to make dandelion lemonade is a great way to enjoy highly nutritious dandelions and your favorite raw local honey or this vegan dandelion honey.
You can enjoy dandelions in your salad, use their flowers to make an oil for your homemade salves, turn it into refreshing iced tea or fresh flower tea, or make a new family favorite: dandelion lemonade! This recipe uses THE whole dandelion for maximum benefits.
Ingredients in this recipe:
- Dandelion greens
- Dandelion tops
- Dandelion root - fresh or dried, optional.
- Raw honey
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What sweetener we used in this recipe:
Without a doubt - lemonade needs some sweetness ! 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! You could also try out homemade sugar cubes, a botanical simple syrup, and add some additional sweet tasting flowers - like chamomile. Get creative! Add as much or as little as your heart desires.
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. I have and can recommend this one. 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 older.
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. We love dandelion root in our healing herbal broths and teas as well.
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What else can I make with my dandelions?
Enjoy these other recipes on frolic and fare with dandelions.
- Make healing soup with this herbal bone broth
- Arugula and dandelion greens salad with dandelion root lemon vinaigrette
I hope this recipe works beautifully for you and is enjoyed for many years to come. Thank you so much for reading. Your visit to my site helped support a small mama run business today. If you enjoyed it, I would be so honored if you would share with your loved ones.
Sending love, fresh baked cookies, and a bouquet of your favorite flowers.