Refreshing dandelion iced tea recipe

This herbal refreshing dandelion iced tea recipe will be your new favorite refreshment for warm and sunny afternoons. Ditch the store bought iced teas full of refined sugar and artificial ingredients! Making your own dandelion iced tea is a great way to enjoy highly nutritious dandelions and your favorite raw local honey or vegan dandelion honey.

You can enjoy dandelions in your salad, use their flowers to make an oil for your homemade salves, enjoy dandelion lemonade! You can even use it in homemade herbal bone broth. This recipe uses all of the dandelion for maximum benefits. This study by Cambridge discusses the various parts of the dandelion plants having a long history of being used as an herbal remedy; and roots of this herb being considered for enhancing digestion. 

Ingredients in this recipe:

  • Whole dandelion, root included
  • Black tea
  • Lemon
  • Ginger
  • Water
  • Raw honey

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Step by step process for making this recipe:

  1. Pour 2 cups of water in saucepan. Add your dandelions, tea, lemons, ginger and honey bring to simmer and cover.
  2. Let it simmer for a few minutes and then turn off the heat. 
  3. Allow to cool for about 5 minutes.
  4. Take a large pitcher and fill it halfway with ice. Pour the tea into the pitcher through a strainer.
  5. You can serve it in glasses and use dandelions, fresh mint leaves or lemon slices as garnish. Enjoy!

How to harvest dandelions for your tea:

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!

WHOLE DANDELIONS FRESHLY HARVESTED

Nutritional benefits of dandelions:

The greens of the dandelion are highly nutritious, and the entire plant is edible!

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.

dandelion iced tea in a beautiful setting surrounded by flowers

Nutrition facts in dandelions:

One cup of chopped dandelion 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)
  • 0.2 milligram manganese (9 percent DV)

What are the benefits of adding the dandelion root:

Whenever making something with dandelion, I try to include the root. Dandelion root is rich in prebiotic soluble fiber, inulin. Inulin has been shown to have a range of health benefits. This study published by pubmed shows It can help reduce cholesterol and blood sugar levels, fight against bacteria as well as tumors in the body, promote bone density by increasing calcium absorption and mineral balance - which may result in less fractures or osteoporosis related complications. The best way to extract the most of these benefits from their roots is by simmering or boiling, so adding the roots to your iced tea is a wonderful way to extract it's incredible benefits. Rich in prebiotics that support the growth of good bacteria! If you are unable to harvest the dandelion to the root, you're welcome to use dandelion root tea in this iced tea. Study on pubmed on the benefits of inulin.

How can I make dandelion tea taste better?

This recipe was developed to be tasty! But if you've ever had plain dandelion tea, especially dandelion root tea - you may have noticed it doesn't have a pleasant taste. Between the lemon, ginger, and sweetness in this recipe - it is delicious. Without a doubt - iced tea needs some sweetness ! Especially dandelion tea with the bitter root. We added this delicious floral infused honey into our iced for a beautiful flavor infusion, however you can add any type of honey you desire!

Other refreshing drinks:

overhead image dandelion root iced tea, mason jar filled with iced tea with an ice cube with dandelion flower in it

Dandelion iced tea

Yield: 8 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

This herbal dandelion iced tea will be your new favorite refreshment for warm and sunny afternoons. Ditch the store bought iced teas full of refined sugar and artificial ingredients! Making your own dandelion iced tea is a great way to enjoy highly nutritious dandelions and your favorite raw local honey.

Ingredients

  • 15 whole dandelions, root included
  • 1/4 cup loose black tea or 4 tea bags
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 1/2 tablespoon ginger
  • 2 cups of water
  • 6 cups of ice
  • 3/4 cup raw honey

Instructions

    • Pour 2 cups of water in saucepan. Add your dandelions, tea, lemons, ginger and honey bring to simmer and cover.
    • Let it simmer for a few minutes and then turn off the heat.
    • Allow to cool for about 5 minutes.
      Take a large pitcher and fill it halfway with ice. Pour the tea into the pitcher through a strainer.
    • You can serve it in glasses and use dandelions, fresh mint leaves or lemon slices as garnish. Enjoy!

    Notes

    Drink this dandelion tea within one week of making it

    Store covered in the refrigerator

    Make popsicles with it for a refreshing herbal iced treat!

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