The interesting thing about dandelion honey is that it isn’t honey. Instead, it is a syrup containing sugar and a dandelion aroma. We’ll show you an easy recipe to make this vegan “honey” yourself.
Useful Infos About Dandelion Honey
Unlike honey from bees, dandelion honey contains no animal components – the recipe 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 for this recipe 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 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 Dandelion Honey
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” alternative from too much light and heat and cold temperatures.
- Store it in your pantry where it will last for about a year.
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