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What’s Cookin’…Dandelions

on May 22, 2013

Yes, I said it, dandelions! Last year the kids and I started cooking with this common lawn and garden weed and man, were we happy. They get to pick as many as they want and make great food too. We also learned that dandelions are good for your health.

Dandelions are a good source to calcium,potassium, vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, and they are also a good source of protein. You can eat the leaves, flowers, and roots of this vitamin packed plant.

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Harvesting

I bet that most of you can find a large supply of dandelions at this time of year. I picked mine from the empty lot next door but you can also look in parks, your yard, or anywhere you see lots of yellow. Just make sure that you find a place that does not use , herbicides  pesticides, or have other contaminants such as dog feces. Once you find a good spot pick away. I usually gather flowers or leaves and make something fresh, right away.

 

Eating

We picked these flowers to make dandelion jelly. Here is an easy recipe.

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We added food coloring to get the golden yellow color and  it tasted like honey, yum.

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Delaney eating dandelion jelly on an English muffin.

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We also made dandelion pesto this year. We used the dandelion leaves to make this yummy condiment.

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Here is how we made the pesto. I got this recipe from 6512 and Growing

3 cups young dandelion leaves

1 cup roasted pecans (roast in oven at 250F for 20 minutes.) You could also use walnuts or almonds

1/2 cup olive oil

juice of 1 lemon

2 cloves garlic

salt

Put everything is a food processor and blend.

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You get a little bitter taste from the leaves and a sweet taste from the pecans. I put this on everything. My favorite way to eat this pesto is to put it on eggs and toast.

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There are many other ways to use dandelions for example,

Use dandelions in salads

Saute them with onions and add to mashed potatoes

Boil them with the flowers buds and eat with butter and salt

We have also tried these recipes in the past.

Dandelion Fritters

Dandelion Lemonade

Dandelion cookies

Enjoy!

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3 responses to “What’s Cookin’…Dandelions

  1. How wonderful to have a source for dandelions that have not been sprayed. Your recipes looks so fabulous!

    hugs xx Crystelle
    Crystelle Boutique

  2. mummyshymz says:

    I’ve heard of dandelion tea. This is the first that I’ve heard about dandelion jelly and pesto. Looks delicious!

  3. Yummy, I love cooking with dandelions!
    Thanks for sharing on Natural Living Monday!

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