Yes, They have arrived our friends the dandelions... Lets have some fun fun with these Weeds or are they medicine? try them out in a Salad with cranberries and almonds as well with a Ginger Citrus dressing.
Natures Way of Making Dandelion Wine
Dandelion Wine Recipe:
1/2 Gallon of Dandelion Flowers
2 Oranges Juiced
Thinly sliced orange peals of 2 oranges
1/2 of a juiced lemon
Thinly sliced lemon peals of 1/2 lemon
1/2 inch piece of fresh Ginger root pealed
1 1/2 lbs. o sugar
1/2 oz. of dry wine yeast
First cut off green bottoms of dandelion flower so the only color you se is yellow. place 1/2 gal. of trimmed and washed flowers in a 1 gallon crock or mason jar pour boiling water over the flowers so they are completely covered and then some. Cover and let sit for three days to begin the infusion process. after 3 days strain and press the flowers back into a pot and add ginger orange and lemon peals and juice and sugar and boil for 20 minutes. Stir well until sugar is completely dissolves add back to crock pot or mason jar let cool add yeast. take entire mixture and add to a fermenting jug with a fitted airlock this should take about 6 days for the test to stop bubbling. the yeast has been feeding off the sugar during this fermentation process and turning your mixture into a fine dandelion wine pour in clean sterile bottle and let sit for 6 month now your wine will become fully propagated and infused naturally with the dandelions and alcohol.
This wine is loaded with magnesium, manganese potassium phosphorous, zinc and iron and many more vital health benefits.
Dandelion greens are a powerful medicinal herb with detoxifying properties. We may think these pesky little plants to be a nuisance but not at all not only are the flowers of a golden in color but the entire plant is gold. I mean a tremendous and beneficial plant from the root up to the flower. The can be used in tea, tonics, juices, nutritional fraps. and or even eaten raw in a salad. The best time to harvest dandelions are in the spring when they are tender. Since they are green they have a bitter taste and it is best to juice them with another vegetable or fruit e.g. carrots, apples, pears. The golden spring flowers can be used to make a dandelion wine a very powerful health tonic. They are easy to gather and can be a fun adventurous and relaxing day doing this then going home to make a juice tonic for overall health is even more hope. Nature and natural products bring true hope to anyones existing lifestyle because there is no middleman. think of it God himself created the herbs, it is through his grace that we have the desire to learn, and it is from God that people meet and learn and help each other. So why not say Thank You God in your own way for without God all this would not be possible. Also because dandelions in the early spring especially make an excellent Spring tonic. they are capable of cleansing the system and strengthening the blood. dandelion contains as much iron as spinach and almost four times provitamin A in lettuce. It also is a great source of potassium,calcium, sodium as well as vitamin C. Dandelion Greens can also be found in some health food stores.
wash them thoroughly with a biodegradable vegetable wash and rinse with cool water place in a zip lock bag for a few days for juicing.
Drying dandelion can be also good because now you have a pure natural tea for your tea ball or infuser. you can also use the dried herb as part of a tincture recipe.
- Age spots
- Blood purifier
- Liver,lung,kidney and gal bladder cleanser
- Low blood pressure
- Weight loss
- Yellow jaundice
Dandelion Tonic Recipe:
2 stalks of celery leaves and all
2 red delicious apples
1/4 ' piece of Ginger
handful of dandelion greens (washed well)
Take all of the above ingredient and starting with the dandelion greens and finishing with the apples juice everything and enjoy.