Let's hear it for dandelions!

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Let's hear it for dandelions!

Post: # 150271Post JeremyinCzechRep »

I read somewhere that your average supermarket lettuce has been sprayed 34 times with various chemicals before it reaches you. How many times have the dandelions in your garden been sprayed? How far have the dandelions in your garden been transported in the back of a truck?
Rather than seeing dandelions as a problem, see them as a great food, rich in all sorts of vitamins. I sometimes throw them into a stir fry or eat them in a salad. I found an interesting site giving all the vitamins and minerals for different foodstuffs. http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=recipe&dbid=74
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Post: # 150275Post Millymollymandy »

What about the bunches of dandelion greens that are sold in the supermarkets then? :lol:
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i dont care for dandelion greens.. very bitter. I guess ify ou liek chicory etc, then it would work for you.

I made dandelion frittersyesterday though.. using the flowers. nothing compared to how wonderful elderflower fritters are.. but they were nice enough
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Post: # 150316Post Green Aura »

Never seen dandelion greens in T£sco MMM. :lol: That's much more a french thing I think.

We've got a gallon of dandelion wine ready to bottle - don't know what it'll taste like but it looks like it'd take paint off, no problem :lol:
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Green Aura wrote:Never seen dandelion greens in T£sco MMM. :lol: That's much more a french thing I think.

We've got a gallon of dandelion wine ready to bottle - don't know what it'll taste like but it looks like it'd take paint off, no problem :lol:
mine tastes . . . earthy? very rustic and rural. i have left it to mature in the hope it gets better (i have disgustingly good luck using this technique, even for things that should be affected by maturation)
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Post: # 150344Post Ellendra »

Not fond of the leaves, but I make jelly from the blossoms every year.

I prefer violet leaves.

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You guys have just reminded me that I promised myself I would make dandelion wine this year - I have never made wine before so I better go and buy some stuff. :roll:

Last year I made some dandelion cordial and it was very tasty, but a bit too sweet, I will certainly be making it again - and this year I have a toddler capable of picking them for me :cheers: :cheers: :cheers:
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my dandelion wine from last year is still working - tasted at racking and was drinkable but not remarkable
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Post: # 150532Post Thomzo »

I fancy having a go at the jelly but won't have enough flowers at one time. Do you think I could freeze the petals until I have enough? I'll have a go and see how I get on.

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Post: # 150533Post JeremyinCzechRep »

Hi Zoe,
I tried that last year and they didn't freeze well. I am sure that you can find some friends that could donate some to your worthy cause.
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dandelion wine was started yesterday much to the delight of my son who went out the back and picked them,picked about 3 quarts,the girls then took the green bits off the heads as best they could,i added 10 whole cloves and 2 good teaspoons of fresh ginger all in 1 gall of boiled water,3 oranges and 1 lemon yet to go in with the yeast and sugar tomorrow,put back in to the pan and boil up,trnsfer to the bucket,cover with muslin,and leave for about 2 weeks stirring daily,then into the jar till it stops fermenting,bottle for next oct,
there thats what we will be doing with our abundance of dandelions,but am looking at the other idea`s here and might give a couple a go, :flower:

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Post: # 150647Post Mrs Moustoir »

Dandelions are sold at some of the markets here. My son (age 6)especially enjoys seeing them so he can shout out "look mum, pis-en-lits!" repeatedly and entertain anyone in earshot. :roll:

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Yeah, just hit me that the English word is derived from French 'lions teeth' and yet... the French have to give them another name :roll: and a rude one at that :lol:
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Annpan wrote:Yeah, just hit me that the English word is derived from French 'lions teeth' and yet... the French have to give them another name :roll: and a rude one at that :lol:
Ah but the olde english name for 'em is like the french :pirate: and is true to it's use as a medicinal herb
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Post: # 150671Post Millymollymandy »

I think that's why I'm scared to try them! :lol:
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