Thursday, May 22, 2014

Fruity Dandelion Detox Tea


Spring is here!

And with it....GOBS of dandelions.

While they are a nuisance in my gardens and flower beds, I have come to appreciate a dandelion. Here are a few reasons:

  • They are always the first bouquets this mother gets in spring!
  • They are beautiful clutched in my 1 yr old's hands as he and I sniff at them and fake sneezes!
  • They are packed with vitamins.
  • The whole plant and root is edible.
That's as far as I'm going to go in reasons. If you're not sure they are an edible herb, you may want to do some research of your own. Dandelions are a pretty awesome plant!

There are many ways to eat or use them. From teas, oils, vinegars, baked goods, cooking, salads, to fried blossoms or....raw (you'd have to have quite a stomach to handle that one!) you're sure to find some way to add them to your diet.

Today, I'm sharing a tea I make.

Fruity Dandelion Detox Tea

1/2 cup dandelion blossom petals
2 cups very hot water
2-3 TBSP raw honey
1 cup unsweetened frozen fruit
ice cubes as desired

Pick dandelions from unsprayed area.

Check for bugs. (smile!) Rinse if necessary.

Remove the petals from the dandelion, making sure to get as little green stem in as possible. The greens are a bit bitter and can leave a bad taste. You want to go for a light, mellow taste.

Place the petals in a quart jar.



Heat 2 cups water. Pour over petals. Let steep for 10-15 min.



Strain petals from water. Return water to jar.

Add honey to taste.

Add desired amount of ice.

Add 1 cup unsweetened frozen fruit. My favorite is a mixture of strawberries, blueberries and raspberries.



Enjoy!

Genesis 1:29 - And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which [is] upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which [is] the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.


*Keep in mind, I am in no way a doctor or health specialist. For your safety, you should ask your health care provider before trying this. Opinions are my own.


Sharing with....Serving Joyfully, Jenni Mullinix, Sweet Bella Roos, Create With Joy, Oh My Heartsie Girl, Beauty Observed, Nancherrow, My Paper Craze, Simple Saturdays Blog Hop

11 comments :

  1. Ok, I am going to try this. Can't each much more locally than your own backyard...

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  2. How yummy! I've always wondered how to make dandelion tea. I may try this today!

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  3. Thank you for this recipe! I would love to start adding dandelions to my diet! I've heard how good they are for you. My hubby always growls when they start to pop up all over the lawn in the spring, but I keep telling him, "If it blooms, it's a flower, not a weed!" LOL I don't think he's quite convinced yet. ;-)

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    1. Lol Mine either! My husband plans to spray our yard soon, so I'm enjoying them while I can! Thanks for reading! Let me know how you like it!

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  4. Those pesky weeds have to be good for something! Just pinned this to try soon. Thanks for sharing at Fridays Unfolded!

    Alison
    Nancherrow

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    1. Thanks for pinning! Hope you enjoy it! :)

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  5. I would have to find some in the health food store, we dont have dandelions. Thanks for stopping by and linking to our Oh My Heartsie Girl this week.

    Have a great weekend!!

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  6. Awesome! I never thought I would wish I had dandelions in my yard. I might have to start sneaking over to the neighbor's house. Thanks for sharing with Creative Spark Link Party.
    Glenna @ My Paper Craze

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