The interesting thing about dandelion honey is that isn’t actually honey. Instead, it is a syrup containing sugar and dandelion aroma. We’ll show you how to make this vegan “honey” yourself.
Useful Infos About Dandelion Honey
Unlike honey from bees, dandelion honey contains no animal components and is vegan. However, it tastes similar to real honey and has a similar consistency – hence the name.
Collecting dandelion blossoms requires some effort, but it is worth it. Pay attention when collecting that:
- You collect dandelions in places with little or no traffic.
- You only take young, full flowers.
- You do not remove the whole plant. (Unless you want to completely remove them from your yard.)
Tip: Dandelion is only one of many edible flowers and you can also use it to decorate drinks or make liqueur or dessert wine with it.
Dandelion Honey: The Recipe
The amount of flowers you need to collect depends on how much dandelion honey you want to make. To get started, we recommend about 7 ounces of dandelion flowers.
You will also need:
- 4 cups of water
- 5 cups of sugar
- Lemon zest from half an organic lemon
Follow these simple instructions to make your own dandelion honey:
- Place the flowers in a pot and pour the water over them.
- Cover the pot with a lid and let the mixture steep for about two hours.
- Bring the mixture to a boil, boil briefly and then let it cool down again.
- Leave the water and the dandelion flowers to soak overnight and then strain the flowers.
- Add the sugar and some grated lemon zest to the water.
- Bring the mixture to a simmer.
- To test if it has the right consistency, put a small amount on a plate and let it cool down. If the consistency is similar to “normal” honey, the dandelion honey has simmered long enough.
- If it is not yet firm enough, let the mixture simmer a little longer and test the consistency at regular intervals.
How to Store it
There are a few things to consider:
- Use sterilized jars to store your honey alternative.
- Be careful not to fill the dandelion honey into jars that are too wet or too cool – otherwise, the “honey” will crystallize. Use well-dried jars instead.
- Protect your vegan “honey” from too much light and heat as well as cold temperatures.
- Store it in your pantry where it will last for about a year.
This article was translated from German into English by Ruth Wachsmuth. You can view the original here: Löwenzahnhonig selber machen: Das macht den Sirup so besonders.** Links to retailers are partially affiliate links: If you buy here, you actively support Utopia.org because we get a small portion of the proceeds.
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