Dandelions are considered a nuisance by many, but to those in the know, they're a welcome source of free food. They're loaded in vitamins and anti-oxidants, and can be eaten from blossom to root. Now that's hard to beat!
Ready to give dandelions a try? Here are some great recipes:
RECIPES THAT USE DANDELION BLOSSOMS
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Kick off the jelly-making season early with a batch of dandelion jelly. If you make enough, you can stash some away for gifts.
Related Recipe: Dandelion Honey
Get out the cooking oil, and fry up some dandelion fritters
. It's a little bit naughty, but it sure is tasty.
It only takes 30-minutes of hands-on time to create dandelion infused oil
out of regular olive oil. Give it a try.
Put up some dandelion wine
now, and you'll have something to look forward to next spring.
RECIPES THAT USE DANDELION GREENS
Photo © Erin Huffstetler
Gather some dandelion greens from the backyard; toss them with your favorite dressing; and you've got a meal in minutes.
Cook dandelion greens with onion and garlic for a whole new flavor.
Make up a big pot of dandelion soup. Then, enjoy some now, and freeze some for later. The cream of dandelion soup
from prodigialgardens.info uses not only dandelion leaves, but flowers and buds too.
Sautee some greens with a piece of bacon for a warm and flavorful dish in three minutes or less.