Wait! Don’t mow your grass!
Did you know that those Dandelions growing all over your yard are actually an herb, are completely edible, and have many uses?
For instance, the flowers can be used in drinks and baking, the leaves in salads, and the roots roasted to use as a (super liver healthy) coffee substitute.
I’ll be posting on the many uses of Dandelions soon, but while the flowers are in bloom (here at least), I wanted to post my kids’ favorite recipe: Iced Lime and Dandelion Tea. It’s refreshing, natural and has many skin promoting properties. It is also just a fun way to use dandelion flowers.
Dandelion Tea Ingredients
- 1 quart of dandelion flowers (or more)- Pick them fresh and use immediately so they don’t wilt! Get only the yellow parts, and pull off any leaves (use in salads) or stems
- 3 quarts of cold water
- 1 cup of hot (not quite boiling) water
- The juice of 3-4 limes
- 2-3 tablespoons dried stevia leaf (available here) or sweetener or choice (honey, cane sugar, etc, to taste)
- 1/2 cup dried red raspberry leaf (optional) (also available here)
How To Make Lime & Dandelion Tea:
Pick the dandelions fresh and place in a colander. Rinse well with cool water. (Don’t pick dandelions from areas where pesticides have been sprayed or animals may have pooped!)
In a jar or cup, pour the hot water over the stevia leaf and dried red raspberry leaf (if using) and stir well. If using another sweetener, put it in the warm water instead. Let steep 5-8 minutes and then strain off the herbs.
Pour the sweetened liquid from the stevia/raspberry leaf into a gallon size glass jar. Add the juice of the limes, and then the cool water and stir well.
Add the Dandelion flowers and mix gently. Refrigerate for at least 3-4 hours or until completely chilled and serve. You can strain out the flowers or pour them into the cups. Bonus points if you freeze them into ice cubes for decoration!
Use within 36 hours for best taste.
Ever eaten something out of your backyard that didn’t come from your garden? Are you up for trying some Dandelion tea? Tell me below!