As we forage our way through spring, no matter what other beauties are in bloom, the girls are always drawn back to the sunny dandelions. And goodness knows we have no shortage of them here. They can pick to their hearts content, and there’s still PLENTY left for mama to use for medicine and food. Kids foraging bags can be found here.
Since we are doing a dandelion unit study right now, it’s the perfect time for ALL the dandelion treats! The entire dandelion plant is edible. In general, the dandelion plant is so good for your liver – helps to promote healthy digestion and provides a gentle detoxification that is suitable daily for all ages. It’s also an excellent source of antioxidants, fiber, essential minerals and vitamins A, C, and K. Including dandelions in your (or your kiddos) diet is a great whole foods way to get some of your nutrients in!
Here’s a super easy and yummy way to use and enjoy the dandelion flowers popping up all over your yard :
First you need to make some dandelion tea ~ Of course only pick flowers that look healthy and clean, in an area not sprayed with yucky chemicals or on roadsides where vehicle exhaust would be an issue. We picked enough to halfway fill a half gallon mason jar. You want just the yellow petals, try to get as little green as possible, but don’t make yourself crazy trying to avoid it all. Then fill your jar the rest of the way with boiling water. Put a lid on the jar and let it steep. Aim for at least 30 min, but I did ours in the evening and let it sit overnight.
Strain the tea through a cheesecloth or nut milk bag to separate the petals from the tea. Discard the flowers ~ compost if you can. I gave ours to the chickens.
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My basic gummy recipe always uses 2 cups of liquid, 3 scoops of gelatin, and 1/4 cup of honey. For the dandelion gummies, we’ll use 2 cups of the cooled off dandelion tea.
You need the 2 cups separate ~ the first cup goes in a dish/bowl and add 3 scoops of gelatin powder, let it sit for a few and give it time to “bloom”.
While the gelatin works its magic, the other cup of tea gets heated up a bit in a saucepan on the stove. Not boiling hot, just warm it up a bit, turn off the heat and add the 1/4 cup of honey. Stir. Slowly pour it into the gelatin mixture ~ stirring as you pour to liquify the gelatin mixture.
Once your mixture is fully combined, pour into your silicone molds * and place in the fridge. In less than an hour you’ll have amber colored bites of sunshine! And FYI, you’re kids will ask you approximately 1,000 times in that hour if the gummies are ready yet…
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