As I mentioned last week, I love dandelion coffee. Here is my recent batch and a recipe.
A few weekends ago, in the brilliant Sunday afternoon sun, Honey and I took her mom to check out the neighbourhood where we’ll be moving soon. I couldn’t bear to peek in on the backyard without climbing around the fence and letting them in to see all the interesting things growing there. Our friends technically still held the lease on the place and I figured that their neighbours on either side would probably recognise me and not call the cops. What would they say anyway, ‘crazy American walked into the backyard and started weeding’? We’re very excited to begin taking ownership of this lovely garden our friends have tended. We pulled out a lot of dandelions and I saved the roots!
Dandelion coffee is simple to make:
1. Soak the roots in water to loosen the soil
2. Scrub the dirt off the roots with a food brush
3. Roast them on low until they are dried through
4. Break, chop and grind them up (I use my food processor grinder)
5. Add several spoonfuls to a pot of boiling water until it is the right strength
6. Serve as you would serve coffee
7. Enjoy the rich, roasted, nutty flavour and the boost of vitamins!
If you catch the dandelions early when the leaves are small, with the flower heads still furled buds at the base, you can make dandelion syrup, have them on salads or make battered dandelions as well! Yum!