DIY Homemade Dandelion Remedies
Because of the harmful effects of too much caffeine, dandelion coffee is absolutely perfect. It gives you the effect of regular coffee without having to worry about the excessive caffeine consumption. Besides, there is the additional benefit of the extra vitamins and minerals that keep you healthy.
Here is how you make dandelion coffee:
What you will need:
- A lot of dandelion roots
- Wash the roots of dandelion as thoroughly as possible.
- Chop the roots in to short stick-like pieces.
- Allow them to dry for an hour. A dehydrator tray would work well.
- Chop the roots into small pieces.
- Roast the pieces in the oven at Gas-mark 6 or half an hour.
- Grind the dry pieces to fine powder and then roast for a second time.
- Now store the powder in an airtight box. Your dandelion coffee powder is ready to be served.
Dandelion wine is quite popular and pretty easy to make. It even happens to share the name with a popular novel by Ray Bradbury. Make sure that the flowers are fresh.
So let’s take a look at how to make this concoction.
What you will need:
- 1-1/2 teaspoons dried brewing yeast
- 6 cups of sugar
- 1/4 cup of warm water
- 2 quarts of whole dandelion flowers
- 4 cups of water
- 1 cup of orange juice
- 3 tablespoons of lemon juice
- 3 tablespoons of lime juice
- 1/2 teaspoon of powdered ginger
- 3 tablespoons of chopped orange zest
- 1 tablespoon of chopped lemon zest
- Wash the blossoms properly and let it soak for 48 hours.
- Put the blossoms with the water and add up the lemon, orange and lime juices.
- Now add the ginger, the peels of the fruits, sugar and cloves.
- Stir and boil the mixture.
- Strain over coffee filter papers.
- Add yeast in the infusion that will be formed and stir again whole it is still moderately warm.
- Place a lid or a cover and let it rest for the night.
- Put it in a bottle with holes on the top.
- Let it ferment for three weeks.
- You will find a layer of sediment at the bottom of the container. Put the wine in another container to leave the sediment alone.
- Store for a few months or a year for excellent taste. As they say, the older the wine, the better it is.
You should probably know that fermentation can take up more than three weeks if your area happens to have a low temperature. So if you live in a cold place, give the fermentation more time.
Dandelion Pumpkin Seed Pesto
This is a recipe for a healthy pesto that will not displease your taste buds either. You are going to need a food processor for this particular menu.
What you need:
- ¾ cup of green pumpkin seeds
- 3 cloves of minced garlic
- ¼ cup of parmesan cheese, freshly grated
- 2 cups of dandelion greens
- ½ tablespoon of lemon juice
- ½ cup pure virgin olive oil
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- Black pepper
- Preheat the oven up to gas mark 4 (350F)
- Roast the pumpkin seeds in a baking sheet for 5 minutes, until it’s just fragrant.
- Let it cool down.
- Put the garlic and seeds in a food processor and pulse until they are chopped finely.
- Add the cheese, the dandelions and the juice.
- Process together until they are properly mixed.
- The pesto should be very thick by now. Add olive oil until it is smooth.
- Sprinkle salt and pepper according to your taste.
So there you go. That was just barely scratching the surface of the immense possibilities dandelion stores in it.
From kidney problems, diarrhea, rashes and (just as an edible and tasty herb) a dandelion is a great herb and the best part of it is that it’s available just about everywhere.
It is unfortunate that people often try to get rid of such a cool gift from nature.Share with friends!